SEATTLE — It happens occasionally that Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, like all of his peers, expresses irritation over the pitch-selection decisions from his pitcher/catcher combination.
So question: Why not just call pitches from the bench? That routinely happens in college and high school. Mariners catcher Mike Zunino wore an NFL-style wrist band in college. Many college catchers do.
“It was for calling pitches,” Zunino recalled. “They had pickoff plays, pitchouts, the running game. It sort of had everything.”
Why not have something similar in the big leagues? The Mariners reached Thursday’s open date in their schedule at 3-6 in large part …