The only thing certain in life is change. And if you are a Mariners fan after awhile you get used to the revolving door on the field and thus it is hard to get excited about it after a few decades. Thus the news surrounding the latest cast-offs and incoming crew hardly rates news anymore, yet I feel obligated to say something as the mainstream media reports the latest crew-list for the Good Ship Mariners as if it were a new wave of Tea Party guys ready to save the day.
I do have to say that I am intrigued with the announcement that the Mariners have hired Ted Simmons former All-Star catcher as some sort of Senior advisor to the GM. Simmons in addition to being a great player also has experience as a coach as well as front office experience. I remember him quite well with his long hair in the 70’s and my only wish was that the absentee-owner Hiroshi Yamauchi would have replaced Chuck Armstrong with a guy like Ted Simmons.
I can’t say that I will miss Casey Kotchman or Ryan Langerhans much. And losing Brian Sweeney to Arizona is no big deal either. And if we never have to hear about Eric Bedard and his operations/rehabilitations again, that will be fine. I am assuming Jack Z. will offer Jose Lopez some low-ball number to see if he bites and if not throw him over the side as well. The same goes for Russell Branyan who seems to be not only injury-prone but clumsy as well, managing to find ways to inflict injuries on himself if his body won’t produce ones of its own.
Kind of disappointed to hear that John Wettland will be replaced by Jamie Navarro as Bullpen coach. Even though the bullpen was a nightmare last season, Wettland had style and will be missed. Apparently Chris Chambliss will be the new hitting coach and he brings experience and a proven track record with him as he tries to coax next years Mariners out of their team-wide slump.
The big question is not how many of our shipmates get thrown overboard this winter, but who the new crew will be. When you have a team as bad as last years it is easy to get excited about any possible names as long as they aren’t the same ones as last year.But in talking to the other fans I know it is clear that most of us are not going to be going ga-ga over any moves made this winter until we actually see a winning team on the field.
This winter Jack Z. will be ham-strung with a budget with little wiggle room, but as the San Francisco Giants have just shown the world you can grab cast-aways from around the league and put a winning team together. The one big difference is the Giants have a solid pitching staff which we don’t have, outside of Felix.
So the annual shuffle has begun again here in Seattle and the Organization has even decided to change the color of the uniforms again. Maybe we should take the names off the backs of the jerseys like the Yankees do since our guys never seem to hang around long enough for us to learn their names…..http://jeffsmariners.com