From the voices of talk radio to the plaintive cries of fantasy baseball managers everywhere – to say nothing of angry e-mails – come two words to save the Seattle Mariners.
To which baseball logic and the team itself have two words.
Watching the five-game losing streak develop and grow hasn’t been fun for anyone in the organization, from GM Bill Bavasi to manager John McLaren to the players who suddenly have slumped as one at the plate.
Fans get the luxury of panicking. Teams rarely do.
Bring Jones up today and the Mariners would have to designate a player for assignment – release him – to make room. That would be Jason Ellison, a popular player in the clubhouse and a valuable utility outfielder.
And if the Mariners do that, then make the moves that force him into the starting lineup, and Jones doesn’t hit?
Then what? Race on to Plan C?
For now, Seattle is going to keep the players that got them this far in the lineup with the expectation they’ll return to something approaching the first 2 ½ months instead of the last two weeks.
Jones is the future, but forcing that future might do him and the team more harm than good. Asking him to be a savior is unfair. Expecting him to be one is worse, it’s foolish.