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Patience wearing thin for Brendan Ryan

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 12, 2012 at 11:46 am with 6 Comments »
May 12, 2012 11:46 am

No one is certain whether Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan has hit bottom this season, batting .149, but one thing became clear today– he’s about reached the end of his manager’s patience.

Eric Wedge has tried moving Ryan down in the lineup and up in the  batting order, putting him second in hopes of getting him more fastballs, ninth to take pressure off.

Today,Wedge sat Ryan.


“He needs a day,” Wedge said. “I need a day.”

 In manager-speak, read that as abject frustration.

“Is there a level he has to reach to stay in the lineup?” Wedge asked, repeating a question. “You just can’t be an out up there. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be better.

“He’s not 25, he’s 30-years-old and it’s time he figured out what he needs to do to be successful.”

What is Ryan doing wrong?

“He’s swimming in his own brain,” Wedge said. “He’s not giving himself a chance. He’s pulling off the ball, not seeing it well …”

And the team is close to the end of its patience. Today, Munenori Kawasaki will start at shortstop.


“We’ll see,” Wedge said.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. bbnate420 says:

    Hopefully, if Franklin continues his current pace, we won’t have to read about Ryan or Mune at SS except for when he needs a day off!

  2. bbnate420 says:

    in 2013 I mean

  3. timeout says:

    I just hope Ryan doesn’t wind up in Wedge’s Jack Wilson house; it’s dark and spooky in there.

    Meanwhile, after a called strike two six inches (generously toward the ump) off the plate, Ichi goes after a ball that a lacrosse stick couldn’t have reached, figuring a strike could be anywhere. Then poor Michael Saunders makes the final out of the game watching a pitch similarly far off the plate. We used to say, when you’re selling against IBM, your price had better be 80% of theirs or less; looks like these days, if you’re going to beat the Yankees, you have to be 20% better or more. The M’s haven’t approached that.

    I still don’t know whether umps made the right call on Carp’s ball, so they get a pass on that one. At least he got one RBI.

    Wedge must be steaming now.

  4. Ryan is channeling his inner Ray Oyler (former Pilots SS). Except Oyler hit better (.165) and had a better glove, while being a lush.

    Ryan is horrible and at 30 he isn’t going to get any better. There has to be someone better on the waiver scrap pile.

  5. Palerydr says:

    Quite a few teams through history have carried an all glove/no stick SS. However the majority of those teams also had enough offense to make up for that type of SS. The current Mariners do not have that luxury. I have watched Ryan get himself out on breaking stuff away too many times now to wonder why he swings at that crap? If I can see that watching at home how come he/hitting coach can’t figure it out????? To say replace him means another LH bat in the lineup. Although useful against most RH pitchers you need balance sometimes against the RH who are effective against an all LH lineup.

  6. Timeout, regarding the strike zone: I’ve been saying for at least 2 years that MLB needs to take ball/strike calls out of the hands of the umps & use the infallible Fox/Root tracer. Since we have the technology, let’s use it.

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