Friday, June 20, 2008

Bye Johnny

John had made some questionable moves in his brief stint as manager. I can only compare this to Bob Melvin. Bob inherited a decent team from Pinella, then went on a huge losing tear the following season. Later, he arrives back in AZ and puts that team at or near the top of the NL West...interesting. I hope John Mclaren ends up somewhere, he was with the M's organization for so long. And I thought the GM move was going to be are only big firing this year.

With that said, I do not think Mclaren should have been fired. I don't think all of these issues are his fault. We lost some "spark plug" type players in the off-season and acquire some "ho-hum" players in their place. A shake up is necessary, however, this change may have come too soon. The move was supposedly done in the best interest of the remaining 90 games. I guess time will tell.

With the trade deadline approaching quickly, we will see if any players take a hit for the poor performance of the M's.

Good luck John!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The King

Felix was on fire last night. At least for innings 1-5. He became the 13th player in the AL to strike out the side on 9 pitches, the first Mariner to do so. Everything was working for him last night, the slider was sliding and the fastball was hitting 98 MPH. If you ever get the chance to watch this kid pitch, take it.

He is your ace of the Mariner staff, period.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

So, what next?

As I stated earlier, this season is shot. I don't expect too much to happen for the rest of the season, in terms of major moves. We do have the worst hitting DH and 1B in the league, so if that changed, I would not be upset.

I don't know much of Mr. Lee Pelekoudas. He is a candidate to fill the spot permanently. He has been with the team since 1979. The best candidates outside of Lee probably won't be available until seasons end, another reason nothing will happen.

Ichiro was moved back to RF last night, and will remain there for the rest of the season. This is good news for Ichiro! It also means that CF becomes a cornucopia of players. I am sure the conspiracy theorist already think that means they are bringing back Junior. If the M's were to bring back the 38 year young Junior for his swan song, it should be DH, (.245 avg, 7 HR, and 30 RBI). Vidro is not much better with his .215 avg, 5 HR, and 34 RBI. The only thing Vidro gives you is that he is a switch hitter. I am not saying we should bring Junior back, we know we cannot afford him. But the moral boost it would give this city, would be amazing. Seattle is a loyalist city, it takes care of the player faithful. Even Gary Payton and the X-Man came back to town for the rally at the court house as the jackass owner Clay Clay takes the Sonics to Oklahoma.

One quick note on the move to OK City. I have not watched the NBA since '98 so I don't care that much about this move from a fan standpoint. With that said, I was a Sonic faithful from the time I can remember up to the strike of '98. Hell, I even put X-Man on my letterman's jacket! The fact the NBA has no issue with a happy donkey owner taking a 41 year team out of it's birthplace and placing it in BFE is ridiculous. I guess it helps when you have an owner in bed with the commissioner. So long Sonics, thanks for the memories!

Monday, June 16, 2008

About time....

Here is the long awaited news!

With Bavasi gone, it might not be soon enough to save this season. It does allow us to move forward with someone for next year. We need to bring back a Pat Gillick type that can focus on talent that is valued for what CAN they do, and not based on previous experiences.

More blogging to come on what I feel will make a good GM.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

I am not alone

You know a season is bad when your manager has an episode like this. (It was the top video of Johnny Mac and his tirade...careful, this is uncensored).

If we don't right this ship, the M's could be the first team with a payroll over 100 Mil to lose 100 games. It would be the 4th time in M's history to accomplish the 100 L's milestone.