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Mariners Looking Forward to 2008 ...
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 9/28/2006 7:51:00 PM
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That's because ownership announced Thursday it is bringing back Mike Hargrove next season. Good times. Reserve the A.L. West cellar right now. The absolute best part of the letter ownership sent to season-ticket holders is:

"Mike is uniquely equipped to lead a young team."

WHAT?? Ah, yeah, the guy who stuck with Carl Everett about three and half months too long; the guy who stunted the development of two young players (Jeremy Reed, Adam Jones) with his obsession with Willie Frickin' Bloomquist (who has nearly as man extra-base hits as some pitchers); the guy who stuck with the washed-up Joel Pineiro in the face of all evidence; the guy who said shuffling a morbid lineup in May would be sign of desperation only to do just that literally a few days later; the guy who watched his 22-year-old second baseman go from hitting nine homers in the first half to one in the second half; the guy who offered a new excuse for Felix Hernandez's troubles after each Felix start ... this guy is uniquely equipped to lead a young team?

That is ridiculous. I mean, if you want to bring the guy back, hey, fine, whatever. But blowing that kind of smoke is utter retardation.


There needs to be a house cleaning at the top. CEO Howard Lincoln and COO Chuck Armstrong also retained Bill Bavasi, who is responsible for a lot of that. Mariners ownership needs to get rid of these guys and start fresh.
Posted by cliss at 9/28/2006 10:55:00 PM
Jason - guessing you're not a big fan of the Beltre and Washburn signings either?
Posted by vtadave at 9/29/2006 9:30:00 AM
Washburn, no. Couldn't find the blog I posted about it at the time, but Washburn's updates after he signed with Seattle sum it up:

"You'd think the Mariners would know better than to strap themselves with a hefty contract (the biggest they've ever given a pitcher) for a mediocre pitcher who will be 36 in the final year of the deal. Washburn is a fly-ball pitcher, which will serve him in Safeco Field, but he doesn't strike many guys out (4.7 K/9 last year) and his K/BB ratio has been on a steady decline the last four years (less than 2/1 in 2005). ..."


"... Bavasi will point to Washburn's 2005 3.20 ERA. A more telling stat, though, would be ... last year's anomalistic career-high differential (.041) between opponents' RISP AVG and bases empty AVG, which is responsible for his low ERA but which also likely won't be repeated this year."

The Beltre signing, on the other hand, wasn't a bad risk. The Mariners needed a big bat in the lineup, and Beltre was entering his prime off a year that most thought could be close to typical for him. Plus, it's not like he put those 2004 numbers up at Coors. Perhaps they overpaid, but it wasn't a terrible roll of the dice.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 9/30/2006 9:00:00 AM

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