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Sunday, August 30, 2015


Friday, August 28, 2015

Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

This could be the sixth-best job that opens up this year.

Here’s the statement from Mariners president Kevin Mather:

“We have reached the point when change of leadership of our baseball operations is needed for the Seattle Mariners to reach our goal of winning championships. We are very disappointed with the results this season, and are not satisfied with the current operation. The search for a permanent general manager will begin immediately, and while there is no deadline, we expect to have a new GM in place as soon as practical.”

“We have great respect for Jack and his work ethic. He was an excellent representative of the Mariners both within the game of baseball and in the community. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish him and (his wife) Debbie all the best, and thank him for all his efforts.”
 
Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston will serve as the interim general manager for the remainder of the season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2015 at 12:33 PM | 58 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Keri: How Seattle’s Inability to Develop Talent Doomed a Once-Promising Season

Poor results from the #6 organization.

Pinpointing why, exactly, the M’s have failed to usher top prospects into big league prominence is a tougher task. In hindsight, trying to emulate the big-bat/bad-defense approach that got Zduriencik players like Fielder and Weeks looks like it was a bad blueprint in spacious Safeco Field, where slow, unathletic players like Smoak and Montero became bad fits. A lack of viable alternatives led to rushing players like Zunino. And banking on positional nomads like Franklin and Ackley was already a risky play, one made much worse when both players forgot how to hit.

One of the hidden advantages among the best organizations in baseball is that they all have a collection of ace minor league instructors and coaches. These people serve as key cogs in the development machine, and they can be hired and retained for relative pennies compared to the eventual impact they have on the big league squad. Granted, it’s nearly impossible to isolate Seattle’s minor league staff and put all the blame on them. Plus, bad luck and subpar scouting could be playing a big role, too.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2015 at 01:10 PM | 19 comment(s)
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