After three years in oblivion, it’s small wonder that the inhabitants of Mariners Nation are confused.
If they root for what has become a tenacious, enjoyable team to watch are they endorsing general manager Bill Bavasi and manager Mike Hargrove? And if they continue to call for the jobs of those men, are they ignoring the fact the ’07 Mariners are a better team than they’ve seen here in years?
For all the off-season wailing and ranting, offensive additions Jose Vidro and Jose Guillen are contributing to a lineup that continues to impress American League pitchers.
And while Jeff Weaver remains a lump of coal on a staff looking for jewels, it has to be said that Horacio Ramirez and Miguel Batista have as many wins as the National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner.
The Seattle bullpen is performing spectacularly well – even Rule 5 draftee Sean White is contributing. While Brandon Morrow’s future may well be in the Mariners rotation, it would be foolish at this point to say keeping him in the bullpen as a setup man has been a mistake.
Like it or not, this is a good team that could improve. And the men who put it together are Bavasi and Hargrove.
Makes it tough to be a curmudgeon when they’re playing well.