Bobby Valentine out, Eric Wedge in?

 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.

2010 Mariners, like a bad relationship you can’t get out of

Hello sports fans and greetings from Lincoln City Oregon where yours truly is perched overlooking the sunset on the Pacific ocean remembering old relationships as I stare out to sea.

I was on the road all day but managed to check-in to this funky little beach motel just in time to watch Sean White let in 3 runs in the 7th! I missed yesterdays blow-out completely as my team battled all the way to the championship game before losing and finishing second. I had a pretty good day at the plate and had 8 consecutive hits and got to play shortstop as the result of an injury….who cares I know…

  Anyway I am on a vacation for real and thus am not feeling compelled to write about the Mariners on a daily basis(nor are you required to read old posts.) However I did collaborate with a fellow blogger from Boston at nesn.com on an article that he posted on the Mariners which is quite cool.

Check it out at : http://www.nesn.com/2010/08/seattle-mariners-season-a-transformation-from-dark-horses-to-rebuilders.html Great to work with other bloggers from around the country who like myself are part of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

  This year’s Mariners remind me of a few ex’s I have had where I knew they were no good for me but I kept going back for more misery, hoping they had changed while I was away. After I watched the last three innings of tonight’s game I had that same feeling as if I had just got off the phone with one of my problem type ex’s. I knew better than to turn on the TV, yet I have all that loyalty/wishful thinking going on with this years squad as I’m sure some of you do as well.

  Anyway tomorrow is supposed to be nice and though I know I shouldn’t watch the next game against the Red Sox…..I probably will anyway…..http://jeffsmariners.com

White Sox win 6-1 over Mariners

   The Chicago White Sox took the first game of a three game series against the Mariners tonight by a score of 6-1. The Chisox are the hottest team in baseball and have gone from being 10 out in the AL Central to first place where they are a game and a half up on Detroit. The White Sox feature a veteran squad that can go yard on you up and down the line-up. Tonight’s Mariners starter David Pauley gave-up a bomb to Alex Rios in the fifth with one aboard, and veteran reliever Jamie Wright got tagged by Andruw Jones for a solo-shot in the eighth. For Jones it was home run #401 in his long and successful career.

   The Mariners only run came in the first off the bat of Russell Branyan who drove in Chone Figgins with a double to left giving the Mariners a brief lead. The rest of the night our guys just could not pull the trigger when it counted, twice they had the sacks full and came-away with nothing late in the game. Nothing too shocking or surprising about this one or the results when you consider the two teams involved. It was nice to see the ex-Mariner Omar Vizquel over at third tonight though he did some damage against his old club with a couple of hits and a RBI.

  It is getting kind of odd as this season moves along to watch all of the players on the other teams and realize you are more familiar with many of the players on the opposing squads than our own team. While I still am loyal to whoever is wearing a Mariners jersey it all feels quite odd as guys come up and down, quit, get traded or sort of fade away. Most of the contending teams have a solid core of veteran players who have been together awhile and look and play like a team. With our squad the veterans outside of Ichiro don’t quite look like they belong here and the younger players seem to not quite know what their role is without a core group of veterans to set the tone.

   Last year Griffey and Sweeney were able to add that veteran feel to the club, and for the first half Cliff Lee was able to set the tone, but now there just seems like a big void. I have talked to a few other fans recently who agree however that this idea of dumping all the established players and playing only the young bucks is not fair to the fans. We still deserve to see a Big League club facing off with teams like the White Sox and Red Sox. If we want to see AAA ball we can drive to Tacoma. Yes we are out of the pennant race but we have some talented guys like Jack Wilson, Chone Figgins, Russell Branyan and even Milton Bradley who the Mariners have a lot of money invested in and are all Big Leaguers.

  Of course Michael Saunders should get playing time along with Justin Smoak but unless another team is ready to give us some Major League ready players in trade, any talk of just dumping guys because they are not part of the future is folly. We have already given some of our best AAA guys a chance and they proved they were not ready. When and if Dustin Ackley or Michael Pineda are ready then of course bring them up, otherwise let them continue to develop so when they are called up they are ready to compete at the higher level.

I want to give a special thanks to Helen up in Alaska who is a regular reader and sent me a message because my font was too small for her to read. As you can see I changed it and I am open to any suggestions to help make this Blog user-friendly in keeping with my motto of “Where the fans call the plays”. This site is not affiliated with any blog network, has no advertising and is an open and free forum for frank discussion about the Mariners. I am not planning on selling out so that I have to watch what I say, as I love this game too much.

  In closing tonight I want to remind you that I will be doing a live Podcast with another member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance on August 10 at 7pm PST. The BBA is a group of bloggers from around the country like me who are passionate about baseball and do this for free; I will be doing the show with a blogger for the Dodgers. There will be a call-in number and I’d love to hear from some of you loyal readers. The web address is: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseball-bloggers-alliance  till we meet again…..http://jeffsmariners.com

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