News Tribune columnist John McGrath wrote today about the future of general manager Jack Zdruiencik and the manager Eric Wedge, which he believes will be determined over the next 67 games.
He lists the good and the bad of both and why they could stay or go.
From John’s column ….
But 67 games without a sniff of a playoff possibility doesn’t translate into 67 meaningless games. Between the resumption of the post-All-Star break schedule and the Sept. 29 season finale, the not-so-public front of the Seattle front office will collect evidence on whether general manager Jack Zduriencik and skipper Eric Wedge deserve to return.
Because Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln and team president Chuck Armstrong are not planning a town hall meeting with tomato-wielding fans anytime soon, we’re left to speculate.
My hunch? If the Mariners lose 90 or more games, Zduriencik is gone, and Wedge goes with him. They can point all they want to the strides the organization has made — subtle strides, infrastructure strides, strides not quantified in the standings — but
90 defeats, after two seasons that produced modestly improved records, will present a marketing department quandary that the most clever ad campaign won’t be able to solve.
A lot of wheels will have to go off the track for the Mariners to lose 90. The more likely scenario finds them playing at a .500 clip over the final 10 weeks, which would give them a 77-85 record and represent a third consecutive season in which they won more games than the previous year.