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Yuni sits again – and the Mariners get the message

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm with No Comments »
June 9, 2009 12:28 pm

Mike Hargrove thought about it, as did John McLaren and Jim Riggleman but Don Wakamatsu has done it – and for the fourth consecutive game, Yuniesky Betancourt is on the bench.

A message? More than that, Betancourt is being shown the team can play solid baseball without him.

Listening never worked. Virtually every big-league manager he’s had – and Wakamatsu is his fourth – has told him what the issues are.

A lack of focus during games at shortstop. A lack of work before games. The tendency to chase bad pitches, no matter what count they come in.

The message here isn’t just for Betancourt – it’s for the entire roster, the whole organization. And it’s simple.

Do what we ask, the way we teach it, or someone else will get your playing time. Someone who listens.

It’s been received, loud and clear, by everyone but Yuni.

Tonight’s lineup:

Ichiro RF

Russell Branyan 1B

Adrian Beltre 3B

Ken Griffey Jr. DH

Jose Lopez 2B

Endy Chavez LF

Ronny Cedeno SS

Jamie Burke C

Franklin Gutierrez CF

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