Just read an article by Larry Stone stating that Bobby Valentine is out of the running for the open position as the Seattle Mariners manager : has the story . So the search goes on and the speculation and rumors will continue to swirl around. I have been watching this process from a distance considering the overall condition of the franchise. While this is of course an important first step on improving this club, it seems to me that no matter who gets the job it won’t make much difference. With the current bizarre power structure it is hard to say who is really calling the shots in this job search. In an ideal world the GM would get some guidance from the owner and the front office then go out and get the best possible candidate based on the ability to get results.
But with an owner that seems detached and a couple of front office guys like Lincoln and Armstrong lurking in the background it is really hard to tell what the criteria is for the selection of a new manager is. It seems to me that a strong personality and a proven track record would have made Bobby Valentine a logical choice. But like a lot of you I have a hunch the next manager will be another semi-meek guy that will not make too many waves. I hope I am proven wrong on this but ever since Lou Piniella confronted Howard Lincoln the pattern seems to be nice guys are picked even if that means the Mariners well ….finish last.
I mentioned the other day that the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (which I am a member of) was voting on postseason awards for players and managers. Well the results are in for the Connie Mack award for Manager of the year:
In the American League Ron Washington from the Rangers was the top vote getter with 74 total including 10 first place votes. Washington was followed by Ron Gardenhire in second with 67 total votes including 7 first place votes. And third place in the AL went to Joe Maddon with 35 total an 4 first place votes.
In the National League the top honor went to Bud Black from the San Diego Padres, Black barely edged Dusty Baker from the Reds with a total of 53 for Black and 9 firsts compared to 51 votes for Baker including 7 firsts. Rounding out the NL voting was Bobby Cox the departing manager of the Atlanta Braves who picked-up a total of 33 votes including 2 first place nods.
I know that we are only Bloggers and thus our opinions are not held in the same esteem as regular beat writers, but it is a fun process anyway and who knows someday when everything moves online Bloggers may even be taken seriously!
Getting set to watch a weekend of postseason Baseball and have picked the Yankees and Giants to meet-up in the Fall classic. No matter how it unfolds I am sure there will be a lot of great baseball to watch, and it will be more exciting and meaningful than the semi-annual search for a new Mariners skipper! http://jeffsmariners.com
THIS JUST IN : IT APPEARS THE MARINERS HAVE DECIDED ON ERIC WEDGE THE 43 YEAR OLD FORMER MANAGER FROM THE CLEVELAND INDIANS AS NEXT YEAR MANAGER. A FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE FORTHCOMING SO AS NOT TO DISTRACT FROM POSTSEASON PLAY.