Can The M’s Save Themselves ?
We were warned that this year would be ugly for the Seattle Mariners.
Although I was expecting like your neighbors dog ugly, not hideous but annoying.
Instead it is evil step mother / wicked witch of the northwest ugly.
51 losses by the all star break?
Seriously? There was supposed to be a glimmer of hope.
Dustin Ackley‘s first full season would be amazing and reminiscent of Ken Griffey Jr‘s start. Not with the home runs, but with the wow factor.
Instead the only time I find my self saying “wow” is when it is followed by “you suck”.
Justin Smoak came off a difficult year last season with his dad dying and getting hit in the face with the ball and yada yada yada.
I actually want to be a huge Justin Smoak fan.
I want him to be the next Mark Texeria but instead…. he is acting like the next Chone Figgins.
Why did I even bring up Chone Figgins? arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
The pitching rotation has been horrendous. Things are worse instead of better.
Why for the love of home plate is this happening?
What is wrong with the Mariners?
Here are five ideas
Look into the eyes of the players in the dug out and it seems that the soul of these player has been sucked out of them. Is it the eternal gray skies over Seattle or is it that the management doesn’t know how to motivate these young guys to step it up from AAA?
It has been well documented that the Mariners are the team with the roughest travel schedule of all the MLB. The closest divisional team is 1200 miles away. Compare that to New York and Boston that are just 350 Miles apart.
All that travel is grating on a player.
They have very little actual time off to rest and recuperate. The Mariners need to make their needs more vocal to MLB about how to improve that when the division is expanded to include Houston.
This is talked about more often in football than baseball, but good hitting begets good hitting. Everyone in the line up is responsible to get a hit.
It can’t be saved for the next guy to do.
It has to get done.
Also winning 1 game a week makes it awfully hard to get up in the morning just to lose all over again.
The organization has to put an emphasis on the importance of day to day success of the team. An “I do or die attitude.”
The team needs to bond.
4. Missing element
The front office of the Mariners is one of the most cold in all of baseball. While you don’t want to give away your strategy you want to keep your fans engaged.
The team is losing buy in from the local fan base who is sick of a bad product and has no idea what the team wants to do to get better.
5. Man overboard
The owner of this vessel has never watched his team play a live game.
Compare that with Nolan Ryan who sits in the front row of nearly every Rangers game. The organization is halted by a man who isn’t really a fan.
A man willing to take risks to make his team better, a man in a suit who wants to cheer alongside the guy in the Jersey in the center field bleachers.
This man once saved Seattle baseball now we need to save that man.
Seattle it is time to start acting like NEW YORK Sports fans! It’s time to act.
Let’s make some noise and get some changes made around here.