Tag:Bill Bavasi
Posted on: June 16, 2008 4:31 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2008 4:32 pm

Lost at sea while Sexson cashes in

They sacrificed hitting coach Jeff Pentland last week and then fired general manager Bill Bavasi on Monday.

Now, if the Seattle Mariners really want to show their players and fans they mean business, they'll pull the plug on the miserable Richie Sexson at first base, play someone who at least has a chance and swallow whole what's left of Sexson's $14 million this season.

The club's play this season has been humiliating from all angles. The 22-45 record is the majors' worst, they were swept by Washington (who had the majors' worst record only a few days ago) over the weekend, they've lost seven consecutive home games and trail the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West by 17 1/2 games.

Bavasi, Mariners' GM since November, 2003, has been a short leash ever since that bizarre day two Septembers ago when Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln extended the contracts of both Bavasi and then-manager Mike Hargrove's contract while publicly affirming that each was on Lincoln's "hot seat."

What kind of message was that?

If you didn't have complete faith in them, why extend them?

Make no mistake, that's part of the reason the Mariners are in the shape they're in. It took the hands of many to muck things up this badly, not just Bavasi. The hiring of Hargrove back in October, 2004, was uninspired as well.

In retrospect, the fact that that Mariners were surprisingly competitive last season may have been the worst thing that could have happened to them. All it did was delay the inevitable: That this is a roster that needs to be blown to smithereens.

Sexson (.212, nine homers, 23 RBI, 64 strikeouts in 193 at-bats) continues to gum up the works. Jose Vidro as a designated hitter is an argument to simply let the pitchers bat. Adrian Beltre (.227) is a miserable situational hitter. Hell, most of these guys are: Somehow, Seattle won two of three in Toronto last week while scoring all of six runs. Against the Nationals over the weekend, they got 10 in three games.

So Lee Elia, Pentland's replacement, didn't come with a magic wand. Big surprise. That meltdown day earlier this month on which president Chuck Armstrong delivered a pre-game blistering to manager John McLaren and his coaching staff while McLaren issued a post-game tirade and Bavasi took away post-game food and towels and forced the players to stand by their lockers and face the media didn't work, either. Really?

Bavasi's assistant, Lee Pelekoudas, will take over as GM on an interim basis, mainly because somebody must fill the spot. The moves with Pentland and Bavasi are only the beginning.

This is a club in dire need of a complete overhaul, from the executive offices to the clubhouse.

Posted on: June 5, 2008 1:52 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2008 2:04 pm

Good ship Mariner sinking quickly

I can't tell you how disgusted I am by the incident in Seattle.

The two lesbians making out in the Safeco Field stands the other night who were told by an usher to knock it off, thus provoking outrage all over the city?

Heck, no.

The appalling, revolting and utterly reprehensible play of the Mariners, baseball's most underachieving team.

The Mariners are one loose bolt from the wheels completely coming off. I don't think I've ever heard of a day quite like the one they had on Wednesday:

-- Club president Chuck Armstrong aired out manager John McLaren and his coaches behind closed doors before that afternoon's game with the Angels, and media reports from Safeco were that Armstrong's displeasure could be heard by others, through the door, loud and clear.

-- McLaren delivered a brutally frank, expletive-filled tirade minutes after the Angels finished sweeping the Mariners.

-- In the immediate aftermath of the loss, general manager Bill Bavasi ordered the Mariners players to be stationed at their lockers and face up to their embarrassing play.

-- Losing pitcher Carlos Silva, who's only been a Mariner for two months, said afterward that certain players were more concerned with getting their hits than how the team fares.

I don't know what you think of public displays of affection by a couple  of women.

I do know that the way some of these Mariners are stealing money from the club -- hello, Richie Sexson -- is completely immoral.

It's evident that wholesale housecleaning is coming soon. It has to. By the time this sewage spill of a season is finished, the Mariners probably are going to have to wind up replacing Bavasi and McLaren at a minimum.

And starting with Sexson -- who is owed $16 million in this, the final season of his contract -- they're going to have to blow up this roster and start anew.

I don't particularly enjoy being subjected to any public displays of affection -- be it heterosexual or otherwise.

But I'll tell you this: If you're sitting in the Safeco Field stands, even watching two baboons grope each other would be better viewing than the Mariners.

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