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Seattle Times' Geoff Baker on Mariners' dysfunction

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Steak Snabler, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Scathing indictment of GM Jack Zduriencik, president Chuck Armstrong and CEO Howard Lincoln, with on-the-record comments from ex-manager Eric Wedge and several former front.office staffers. Ken Rosenthal tweeted this morning that the story is already the talk of the winter meetings.


    Among other things, it argues that the credit for the Mariners' celebrated 2009 season and trend-setting focus on run-prevention should have gone to since-deposed special assistant Tony Blengino, not Jack Z:

  2. Wow. Good stuff.
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    The sources say Wedge implored Zduriencik to stand up to unreasonable demands, like Lincoln and Armstrong wanting Felix Hernandez and other pitchers to throw live batting practice between starts so position players could work on bunting and situational hitting.

    Good Lord. The Mariners' top two executives think they're running a Little League team.

    This story is fantastic. And goes so far to explaining how they knuckled under to Cano's demands.
  4. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    It's been one bad move after another for about a decade now. Some of the signings seemed reasonable at the time, others were grossly overpaying for average players, there were injuries, just all sorts of stuff.

    I've even heard that once they moved into the current stadium, players had things too easy and weren't motivated to work as much.
  5. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Typically a GM will get three manager hires before he's tossed. Jack Z is on number 3. I don't know if its the scouting or the player development - which is what the M's were said to be building around - but it's not happening in Seattle.
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