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.