May 13, 2008
Calling ALL Seattle Mariner Fans:
It’s time for change in Marinerville Seattle and unless you do something about it, it’s going to be the same old song and dance year after year with this front office. Here is the contact information for Nintendo Japan. Again, I highly suggest writing them and letting them know your concerns with Chuckie Armstrong, Howard Lincoln, McLaren, and Bavasi. Lou and Gilleck were the only winners this organization has ever seen and both of these guys did not like Lincoln and Armstrong. Lincoln and Armstrong are getting zero pressure from Nintendo, a very passively run company who doesn't want to ruffle any feathers. Let Nintendo of Japan know you are tired of these guys.
Fyi, do not write to Nintendo of Redmond as it will not get through to the correct ownership.
Kanayalal Building 8-4
4-Chome, Kumochi-cho, Chuo-ku
Here is another link to contact Nintendo of Japan
I am sick and tired of watching this team lose, lose, lose. You think the Yankees would have made whole sale changes by now with this payroll? Absolutely. Chuckie Armstrong, Lincoln, and Ellis have been part of this LOSING organization for waaaaay too long and it’s time for change. Time to hire a real front office that cares about winning rather than revenue.
Take a look at some of the moves Bavasi has made…including firing Bob Melvin, who’s Arizona team is tops in the National League.
FIRE BAVASI, FIRE ARMSTRONG, FIRE LINCOLN, FIRE ELLIS, FIRE MCLAREN
May 12, 2008
Mariners salvage final game
Well, at least they were able to pull off the final game of an atroshish home stand. Maybe Ibanez's HR will be the shot heard round the Puget Sound and will spark a fire under this teams assess. Who knows, but as of now, this team is just going through the motions, listless, backbone less, etc. etc. etc. Washburn seems to be having some issues with Kenji's lack of english, which is interesting now that Clement and Burke are up.
Bedard goes tonight and let's hope he can start us off on the road trip with a WIN. Sexson's riding the pine, which will be interesting to see how we do with him out of the lineup. Personally, I think the guy is a $15M a year cancer, so maybe the team will thrive with him being out.
The road less traveled is the road this team needs to head down....like winning 6 or 8 games in a row or something along those lines.
Seattle Sports Blog Guy
May 8, 2008
Sinking, Stinking, Mariners
It's about attitude. Most pro sports teams have enough talent to go all the way, but it boils down to someone being able to take that talent and motivate them beyond just their paychecks. The Mariners are what I call "a paycheck ballclub." They are well paid (too well paid if you look at Richie Rich Sexson and WashandBurn), but lack the desire or baseball club tradition to get to the World Series. So, what does that indicate? That Chuckie Armstrong and Howard Lincoln are fine going through the motions and have little motivation to get to the World Series. The Mariners have very little history to them and unless someone turns around an alltime losing ballclub with fresh, smart, enthusiastic attitude, this team will continue to be subpar over, and over, and over again.
There are immediate subtle changes that can change attitude as well. For one, move the fricking fences in at Safeco. NO hitter wants to come to Safeco and see his batting average drop and his HR totals plumment. This kills your marketability in MLB and you're less likely to get a phat contract in free agency. This is a bit of a psychological stretch, but Seattle is a GREY enough city as is....can we BAN the grey uniforms? The team looks stronger in dark blue or stark white....just like how the Hawks love wearing the home blue uniforms (if you recall, we won in 1983 in the playoffs in Miami and a lot of people attributed it to us being able to wear our home blues.
I've been calling for Bavasi's head for a long time, but I think he's actually good for the team and has been making better decisions this last year. Chuckie, Howard, and even McLaren could use a new job.....like unenjoyment checks if you ask me.
May 7, 2008
Mariners are still in trouble
This team, oh, this fricking team. There might be some truth to the matter that they are a cursed team. Before we go out and get a bunch of voodo dolls, however, why don't we look at the root of the problem? McLaren, Howard Lincoln, and Chuckie Armstrong have GOT TO GO. Nintendo must obvioiusly not care about losing millions of dollars and be the laughing stock of baseball with this team, considering it continues to renew these guys contracts. Bavasi?
Ok, I admit, I've been a bit harsh on this guy, but he has actually made some good decisions that seem to be paying off.
Check out the numbers on some of his moves for 2008, not bad.
Bedard 1.82 ERA
Silva 4.20 ERA
Jones .233 AVG
Sherrill 4.97 ERA
Broussard .159 (rumors are swirling that he's about to be DFA'd)
However, it some of the other moves this guy has done that you have to scratch your head at: Jurrasic Carl Everett, Washburn (who I actually loved the aquisition at the time, but his curveball has lost mojo since coming to Seattle), letting go of Olivio (who is tearing it up), signing Johji to a 3 year extension when he's hitting .183, Brad Wilkerson this year, Scott Spizio, and on, and on, and on.
Bottom line, Pat Gillick knew this environment and the HUGE outfield fences at Safeco. So, he went after hitters vs. HR kings. A guy who hits .350 anywhere else is going to hit .310 in Seattle, no arguing that. The air is thicker and the fences are WAY TOO DEEP in Safeco. Move the fences in, for Heavan's sake! Griffey complained about that when the park was first build, why not do what Detroit did? Hitters talk, and no one, I mean no one, wants to come to Seattle to play because of the ballpark configuration.