Saturday, May 24, 2008

Seattle Mariners Game 49: Yankees 13 Mariners 2

Who can even bare to watch anymore? This entire thing season has been a complete embarrassment. The sad part is that it isn't even about talent anymore. The reality is the Mariners have some good players. In fact they have some very good players. The problem is that none of them care anymore. They have all given up. They have chosen to be losers. They believe it and they play like it. Not one guy on the team (and yes that includes Ichiro) is pulling their weight the way they should. I am sick of pitchers having bad games (Washburn) and after the fact blaming it on his catcher Kenji Johjima. Funny how his next start Burke was catching him and he sucked even worse. And that catcher is the problem is he? Right. The problem is Washburn flat out stinks.

Not one of these guys is standing up and getting mad. Not one is calling themselves or any of their teammates out. No one is holding anyone else accountable. All it is after every game is the same BS being spewed from their mouths.

"We believe in ourselves"
"We are a good team, we just need to win"
"I pitched well, they were just hitting it"

Everyone is calling for McLaren to get fired. He probably will be if things continue through the weekend the way they have the last 4 games. But is McLaren really to blame? It is Bill Bavasi that has built this team. The Mariners have NO bench. They have no options to go to late in games when they need a pinch hitter etc. In my honest opinion this is on Bavasi NOT John McLaren. What would you have McLaren do? He can't go out and play the games. The only thing firing McLaren does is send a message to the players. But does any believe that message will get through? As long as the 3 ring circus of Bavasi, Lincoln and Armstrong are running this team it doesn't matter who is coaching. The players don't believe in this management. They don't believe what they are teaching. The only hope for this team is a GM who KNOWS baseball. Bavasi has spent five years running this organization into the ground and God only knows how long it will take for the next GM to pull it out.

Proof Bavasi has no idea what he is doing...

Florida Marlins--27-20. Lead their division which includes teams such as the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. Florida's payroll-$21,836,500

Tampa Rays--28-20. They sit second in their division only 1.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox. Tampa's payroll-$43,820,598

Seattle Mariners--18-31. Last in their division and 10.5 games back of division leading LAA. Seattle's payroll-$117,993,982

The Mariners have 96 million more invested in their team than Florida and 74 million more than Tampa. And look at us. We are the worst team IN ALL OF BASEBALL. The only team as bad as us is the San Diego Padres. Smart baseball men can build teams from nothing. Bill Bavasi has been giving 100's of millions to build a winner and he has built a loser and spent a lot of money doing so. How he keeps his job is beyond me.

Who honestly believes Bedard or Felix will sign long term with this team? Who believes any legitimate free agent will want to sign in Seattle this coming off season with Bavasi at the helm? How long before Ichiro demands a trade? How long before the seats at Safeco are completely empty? Will this organization wait until there are no fans and no money before they realize they need a change? Will the attendance ever recover? The Mariners are in sad state and it starts from the top. Changes are needed. Until then we will continue to watch this team lose.

Oh yeah after saying all that there is a game today. Wooppee! Silva takes the mound vs Mussina. Chances are once this one is over it will be another loss and the same excuses.

Ichiro said it best after last nights debacle...

"Playing on this team and seeing what is happening around me, I feel that something is beginning to fall apart. But, if I was not in this situation, and I was objectively watching what just happened this week, I would probably be drinking a lot of beers and booing.''

1 comment:

Bryan said...

They can't hold anyone to under 10 runs - are you kidding me?!? What the crap? It's sad, but it has to be Johnny Mac that goes. Bavasi put the team together, which looks competetive on paper. You can't blame him. However, the manager is not getting anything from his players. They need someone new in the clubhouse.