Lapdogs And BolognaJuly 2nd, 2012 by terrybenish
Larry Stone of the Times writes a post in his blog this afternoon after the Mariners take two of four from the Red Sox and says the rebuilding plan is not working.
I want to examine his post and to be sure I have written about the team struggling which I don’t so much attribute to the plan not working as I do the ridiculous insistence of the team to feature a thirty eight year old guy in Ichiro that can’t play anymore. Only followed by the absolutely ridiculous attempt to revivify Chone Figgins. They sit the best outfielder on the team for two months and send him down to Tacoma in Casper Wells. He just hit a bases loaded double, driving them in after Ichiro with runners on second and third looked at five pitches without lifting the bat off his shoulder.
But I digress. Here’s Larry’s first knife in Zduriencik’s back, “Justin Smoak looks so lost, there is growing concern he’ll never find it. And if that’s the case, then Jack Zduriencik’s Cliff Lee trade is a bust.”
Cliff Lee was a rent a player that we traded J.C. Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies to the Phillies. None of them will ever be any good.
So Larry, if you’re reading, it cost us some Bavasi dreck that was worthless. Then we got back Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Justin Smoak…Beavan flopped this spring, but might resurface, Smoak…well Smoak’s has to turn around fast…but Lueke who was worth seven or eight tsk tsk columns for Larry, sticking Jack in the back for Chuck and Howard, Lueke was traded for John Jaso who has been a nice player this spring.
So far a little something for nothing ventured, if you’re keeping track. Peabody 1 Stone 0.
Then he grinds on Ackley for a bit but steps back from the windup of throwing him under the bus. That part is the moral equivalent of a balk. Peabody has a runner to second now. Oh and Ackley walked, scored on the Wells double and homered later.
Feeling frustrated, he sees big Jesus struggling and runs up and kicks him in the shins a couple of times and runs off about ten feet and says get better right now…all things considered that is like a passed ball off Olivo’s glove. Runner on third.
Then he back tracks and says there are some good things going on with some guys and says Taijuan Walker is struggling, which is not really true as his peripheral stats are fine. ks/9 over 9, k/bb is over 2.0… another run on a wild pitch Peabody 2- Stone 0.
I don’t know what sets this up, but I can guarantee you that there was not one word, about the further decline of Ichiro, Ryan, Olivo, Figgins who are supposed to providing some cover for the younger guys and who have not and never will play at a high level again. The Mariners did not sign any free agents nor did they dump these guys and they should have done both.
The point is that this non-baseball decision, a financial decision really has been like balls and chains attached to the younger guys. Bad stuff. When a beat writer writes this kind of stuff and attacks the gm you got to think he’s got cover for doing so from the gm’s bosses. It’s nothing but informed speculation on my part.
Wells and Olivo and Ackley with big extra base hits with the roof closed. Maybe while this putzy weather is here, keep the roof closed, if the sun is not out. Just a thought.