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Mariners hire a manager? Yawn

Posted on: October 15, 2010 8:40 pm

Who's the next manager of the Seattle Mariners in three or four seasons? Manny Acta?

For the second time in six years, the Mariners have dipped into the Cleveland discard pile to hire a skipper. Mike Hargrove in 2005, and Eric Wedge, according to several reports, on Friday.

Following a bitterly disappointing 2010 season, the Mariners could not have made a more uninspiring hire.

Last time anybody checked, the Indians weren't exactly overstocked with World Series-winning managers.

But it goes beyond what surely will be an avalanche of Cleveland jokes.

Wedge is a good teacher and a fine organizational person.

As a manager? His 2007 Indians team blew a 3-1 advantage to lose the ALCS to Boston, then they largely underachieved over the next two seasons. Which, much as he didn't want to, pretty much forced general manager Mark Shapiro's hand to fire him.

Wedge had his moments in Cleveland, but he never could get the Indians past that certain point. The roaring 93-65 season of 2005, when the Indians nearly overtook the White Sox in the AL Central, was followed with a crash-and-burn fourth-place finish in '06.

He comes across as uptight, and he's a zero as a personality. Which, is no small thing in today's game. The manager is the face of the organization. Hiring Bobby Valentine, now that would have given the Mariners personality.

Wedge just leaves them knee-deep in anonymity and, largely, irrelevant. And if they don't win, that will include in their own town.

(On another note, guess this means Milton Bradley does not fit into the Mariners' plans for 2011. The Indians were forced to trade him in 2004 after Wedge removed him from an exhibition game for not hustling and Bradley went ballistic. The volcanic explosion was spectacular, complete with Bradley dressing and leaving the ballpark during the game via cab ... even though his SUV was in the parking lot. He came back to retrieve it the next day).


Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2010 10:56 pm

Mariners hire a manager? Yawn

Too bad they didn't hire Lloyd McClendon from the Tigers...I want a new hitting coach in the D

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2010 7:08 pm

Mariners hire a manager? Yawn

Are you kidding me Scott? 2 managers in 6 seasons is not bad. Look at the Marlins for example
2004 - Jack McKeon
2005 - Jack McKeon
2006 - Joe Girardi
2007 - Fredi Gonzalez
2008 - Fredi Gonzalez
2009 - Fredi Gonzalez
2010 - Fredi Gonzalez / Edwin Rodriguez
2011 - Tony Pena?

We have had 4 and is about to get our 5th manager for 2011.

Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2010 2:44 pm

Mariners hire a manager? Yawn

You have to be kidding.  When Eric Wedge was with Cleveland, he left the younger players on the bench, kept a constant shuttle moving between triple A and the major league team, and was known for favoritism.  He is a manager that enjoys pampering his veterans, at the expense of the youth on the team.  Case in point, Garko, Shoppach, LaPorta were hitting and Wedge put them on the bench for weeks at a time, in favour of Hafner and the other veterans that couldn't hit their own weight.  
That is why he received the boot in Cleveland.  Once all the veterans, including Lee, Martinez, Sabathia, were traded, he couldn't deal with the young players and they all refused to play for him.  When you also consider his philosophy of moving all his players into positions they hadn't played since Pee Wee ball, it shows that he brings zero baseball knowledge to any team he is with.  If he is now in Seattle, watch for him to move Ichrio to first base, Figgins to catcher, and Lopez to center field.  They will crash and burn there, but Wedge will keep moving them around, just because he is the manager and who cares what the players want.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: October 16, 2010 11:01 am

Mariners hire a manager? Yawn


Cowherds favorite movies are Mrs. Doubtfire and broke back cowboy if that tells you anything about Scott and cow crap.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2010 10:45 am

Mariners hire a manager? Yawn

It's the Mariners. Who cares? They will just be horrible again next year. They have one of the worst offenses I have ever seen (beyond repair in just one off-season), so no matter how good the pitching is, it won't matter. This year they had one of the best pitching staffs in baseball and lost 101 games.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: October 16, 2010 9:57 am

Mariners hire a manager? Yawn

How about this headline....

ESPN hires Scott Miller as a writer. He brings no clue to what he is writing, but he can dig up junk in the past and include that into todays articles.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:41 pm

Mariners hire a manager? Yawn

LOL!!! What did you expect? Did you think Joe Torre would come and manage them next season? I am gonna assume you are joking with that Valentine comment. He couldn't manage a hot dog stand right now. Eric Wedge is a good choice for now. Hopefully he can devolop some of the young guys until the M's can go out and sign some big name free agents.

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