The Media’s role in the 2010 Mariners season disaster

     Having reached the nice round number of 100 complete games I figured it was time for me to write something about this season thus far. Initially I felt compelled to write this post today after reading several stories on various Blogs and newspapers about the season where people were still grasping at straws to be the cleverest in their analysis. I was also amazed to read more than one reference to Ken Griffey Jr. in an attempt to blame this whole mess on him still. I am not quite sure if these folks at unnamed sites are serious or not but I just wanted to remind them that Ken Griffey Jr. is gone and the Mariners have actually gotten worse since he left. So perhaps it may be time to take a look at the one last group that has not taken any responsibility or blame for this season…..

   And yes it is the press and media myself included who might have to take a look at how the power of the internet, newspapers, twitter etc. may have a negative effect on  a team specifically this year’s Mariners. I suppose that we will need some new statistical categories to attempt to quantify the abstract effect that negative press and know-it-all bloggers have on a team’s record. Let’s start with LLT for Larry Larue at the Tribune who broke the story on Ken Griffey Jr. supposedly sleeping in the dugout. I would say that the net result in games lost from LLT this year is 5.5. This 5.5 LLT takes into account the pressure on Don Wakamatsu to end up having to be the fall-guy and benching Griffey till he just quits. This has no-doubt left Wak at odds with several of the veteran players who in turn have proven to be unforgiving of the way Griffey was treated and thus have played less than stellar as they pouted. Most notably is Chone Figgins. The LLT has also apparently affected Wakamatsu and he has been gun-shy up until recently with benching players thus letting guys like Jose Lopez get away with murder on the field. Again I attribute this to LLT which was a result of not only Larry Larue and the Tribune but a host of others at various other media outlets and Blogs.

  Another category that the media/blogosphere can accept the blame for a few losses is what I will call JZW or Jack Zduriencik Worship. Last winter with rare exception every move made by Jack Z. was greeted online and in the papers with endless praise and hero-worship, allowing Jack Z. to construct this disaster of a team with little or no public scrutiny leading to such phrases as “In Jack Z. we trust”. Like most of the abstract and random way that many of the new sabermetrics figures are derived and quantified JZW is only a new science that I developed 4 minutes ago. But I will give our team a net loss of 3 games to JZW this year and blame it squarely on the media.

   Ok let’s see, to be fair goofy Rookie Bloggers like myself deserve some of the blame and thus the new category of RBBS for Rookie Bloggers Bull S…T which is now part of the blogosphere jargon and I will arbitrarily accept the blame for 1 loss on the season. I have made some silly mistakes on my blog this year in punctuation, grammar and just generally not Skookum posts.

   Ok now let’s attempt to quantify the effect listening to Dave Sims all year has had on the Won-Loss record. In all fairness though he is a bit of a pompous dork, Dave Sims has probably only been accountable for 1-2 losses this year. Using the slightly modified acronym as I applied to myself, I will go with DSBS to account for the 1-2 losses he has caused with his rhetoric which demoralizes fans who in turn are forced to turn off the TV and thus withhold support from the team as they struggle.This results in less money for the Mariners to improve the team and aides the continuing downward cycle of this franchise.

   The final category has to go to Blog readers who comment on things they know nothing about and yet still insist upon being right. Let’s call this new but soon to be important advanced analytics term BRCBS and say it accounts for 1 loss on the year. BRCBS is irritating and influences morale of the fan-base and the players who happen to read these goofy blogs as well.

   So I believe with this post we have accounted for approximately 12 of the losses on the year and I personally accept responsibility for one loss, perhaps the 8-6 loss to the Red Sox last week (my favorite loss this year). Because if there is one thing this old sailor has learned in life it is that when you point your finger at someone else there are 4 pointing back at you….

6 Responses

  1. As a goofy Rookie Mariners Fan strung along by my partner’s longstanding pastime, I’m not sure I’m ready to participate in the idea of communal guilt applied to this dismal season. I feel like a bystander watching a train wreck in ultra-slow motion just waiting for the sad spectacle to end so I can go home. I may not be innocent but I’ll only take responsibility for watching instead of doing something useful with my time.

    • David,Thanks for the comment I guess as a Rookie Fan you don’t have to accept any responsibility for this season. However give it another 10 years and you too can be part of the problem! Jeff

  2. I enjoy reading many posts including yours. My observation is this is what you get by downsizing finances available for contracts and running a ballpark which includes the bottom line of profit, etc. I must admit that I often turn off games for lack of offense, overused pitching staff that needs a remake and many other situations that are too much to waste words and comments. The announcers aren’t why I leave games though. We see brief (way too brief) moments of a win though I think it is due to the other teams poor play than this teams ability or not to be consistent in having a decent wil/loss pathway. Keep up the good insights as it comes outside of the usual media blogs. Always hoping to see the return of good teams in Seattle including my fav., the Dawgs. jerry

  3. Hi Jerry, Thanks for the reply. Glad to see my tongue-in-cheek work is appreciated. It is good to know someone is paying attention! I miss the old Husky days of the Don James era too! Jeff

  4. Amen, brother! I think the only thing worse than following the Mariners this season, and feeling sorry for Dave Niehaus once again, is reading the pompous know-it-alls in the blogosphere (who only know half of it) who still cling to their superiority while engaging in hypocrisy to the fullest. You are the rare exception.

    • Frank, Thanks for the comment and support. I feel for Dave Niehaus as well, he is one of us and deserves better than this. I get sick of the pompous attitude on some of the other blogs as well and it helps motivate me to keep on posting. Good to hear there are more out there that feel like me….Jeff

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