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McGrath: Time for the Mariners to make a managerial change

Post by Ryan Divish on Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:47 am with 5 Comments »
September 27, 2013 10:50 am
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

While I was enjoying my first almost full day off in 41 days, News Tribune columnist John McGrath was writing about his thoughts on the Mariners’ managerial situation. And in blunt terms, he writes that Eric Wedge should not return. It doesn’t seem like it will happen anyway. But McGrath offers his reasons why it shouldn’t.

From his column …

You might have rolled your eyes when you heard that “we should be as competitive as anybody” spiel, but I didn’t. I put the six-game jump of 2011 together with the eight-game jump of 2012 and figured 2013 could be remembered as a launching pad for legitimate playoff contention in 2014.

That was the plan, and Wedge had a record – 14 more victories last season than the team he inherited – to back it up.

Wedge no longer can point to his record of modest gains. The best reason to extend his soon-to-expire contract now has become the best reason for general manager Jack Zduriencik to shake Wedge’s hand, wish him well, and go to work on finding a replacement.

It’s not as though Wedge hasn’t had a shot at this managerial thing. Don Wakamatsu – fired four months into his second season, a year after his first Mariners team finished 85-77 – has reason to wonder if he got a fair shake.

Wedge? Between Cleveland and Seattle, he’s spent 10 seasons as a manager. Through those 10 years, his clubs have won more games than they’ve lost only two times. If the Mariners don’t sweep the A’s this weekend, Wedge will suffer 90 defeats for the third time in four seasons.

 A measure of self-esteem is required to survive losing 90 games a year. Wedge faced some serious health issues this summer, but none involved a bruised ego.


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  1. Would someone please write an article about not bringing back John McGrath? That is a movement I could get behind!

  2. I like how McGrath says NOTHING about rookies starting at C, SS, 2B. Or Ackley now being an OF. Or Guti getting hurt – AGAIN. Or Joe Saunders and Aaron Harang both having an ERA over 5. I’m sure none of those things had anything to do with this year’s W-L record.

  3. Skysport says:

    The M’s go through managers like Kleenex and it hasn’t done much good. I’d like to see one more year of stability and then take it from there. The M’s are a bunch of “diaper dandies” and not much else other than Felix and Iwakuma. That’s not Wedge’s fault.

  4. RonFromBeaconHill says:

    You can’t have a conversation about the M’s manager situation without talking about the GM and the ownership. And you should never fire someone unless you think you can get someone better to replace them.
    And really, who the heck do you think the M’s can get in here John? Please tell us. When the GM is on a one-year leash, the ownership has a tight budget.

    What decent manager would ever come here knowing his GM was on a one-year contract.

    It’s certainly not Wedge’s fault the team sucks. It’s the players, and it’s the GM’s and the ownerships.

    I’m not saying Wedge will go on the win Manager of Year with another team. But maybe.

    Don’t you all wish Bob Melvin was still here. No he sucked too when he was here. So we fired him. And he looks like a genius in Oakland.

  5. I don’t see why you don’t bring him back for one year. That’s unless you are going to make a MAJOR commitment to Gardenhire or another established manager. Nobody is going to come here without a major commitment knowing that the GM is on a one year deal. If Wedge goes you’re probably left with Thompson. Would he be better? Who knows? I don’t see him being a giant improvement in his first year managing.

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