View Full Version : Mariners fire Wakamatsu, coaching staff
08-09-10, 11:43 PM
Instead of leading Seattle to its first postseason spot since 2001, Don Wakamatsu lost games at a stunning rate.
Then, the Mariners manager lost his team—first franchise icon Ken Griffey Jr., then Chone Figgins.
Now, he’s lost his job.
The last-place Mariners fired Wakamatsu on Monday, more than halfway through a season that began with a boosted roster and high hopes.
08-10-10, 05:30 AM
This has to be the worst case of "was supposed to be good, but is just awful" in a while.
08-10-10, 08:18 AM
Yawn. Classic scapegoat.
Yawn. Classic scapegoat.
Joe Posnanski has a great column about the Mariners today:
It all seems so obvious now, doesn’t it? Bringing back Ken Griffey Jr.? Trading for Milton Bradley? Giving 32-year-old Chone Figgins (and his lifetime 99 OPS+ (http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/statpages/glossary/#ops+)) a big-money, four-year deal based mostly on one good season (and then moving him to second base)? Signing 32-year-old Jack Wilson to a multi-year contract though he had not played a full season in two years? Going into the season with Rob Johnson, and his 58 career OPS+, slotted as the regular catcher? Trading for light-hitting Casey Kotchman and inserting him as the Opening Day No. 3 hitter? Building up all sorts of hopes about Ian Snell as a No. 3 starter? Making the moves of a “contender” when the team finished dead last in the American League in runs scored in 2009 and was outscored by 52 runs? Trading a 25-year-old one-time phenom Brandon Morrow and his 98-mph fastball for an older, hard-throwing reliever with the same first name (Brandon League)? Expecting another low ERA closer year from David Aardsma? Letting go of Russell Branyan, who was one of only two good offensive players on the team in 2009 (he led the team in OPS+)?
08-10-10, 10:11 AM
This has to be the worst case of "was supposed to be good, but is just awful" in a while.I think the Mets have that crown.
08-10-10, 12:30 PM
I thought the Mariners would have dominated the AL West, guess I was wrong. Geez, they got some rebuilding to do
This is an interesting article about some of the things concerning Griffey and what was going on in the clubhouse. I can't imagine why Cliff Lee wanted out of there.
08-10-10, 05:48 PM
It was truly amusing listening to some of the local radio boneheads tout the Mariners before the season started- completely oblivious to the fact that this team would host a myriad of weaknesses entering the 2010 season.
08-10-10, 06:21 PM
Some of those sources also said Griffey had vowed not to return to Safeco Field — either in an employment capacity or for a retirement ceremony — as long as Wakamatsu remained manager
Griffey living up to his nickname "The Kid"
08-10-10, 08:31 PM
At least they got Justin Smoak...I'm not saying Wakamatsu deserved to stay, but the GM deserves the same amount of blame for this year as he got credited for their success last year.
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