I’m not gonna worry about prettying up my post with pictures of managers that nobody cares about. I’m just getting down to the hard nosed facts on why Eric Wedge is the best manager the Mariners have had since Sweet Lou. Our resident bitter/pessimistic/angry blogger, Jeff Delauney, thinks that Wedgie has worn out his welcome already in Seattle, a mere 95 games into his first season with the team. Now if you look at it merely by record, 43-52 is not exactly where you want to be after the All-Star break. The good thing is that the Mariners play in the AL West, historically the weakest division in Major League Baseball. A record of 43-52 with this sorry bunch of players is good enough for a 3rd place finish, which sounds a lot better than finishing Last. So below are some bulletpoints as to why I think Wedgie is the best thing managerial candidate for the Seattle Mariners:
Now I really, really considered that being my only argument for this posting; but I know that Jeffrey actually took this seriously so I’ll give you some more thoughts.
Eric Wedge brings a fire to the team. He’s young enough to relate to the players yet old enough to command respect. As the season progresses we will see how Jack Z weeds out the useless players and fills the gaps with potential; hopefully giving Wedgie the right pieces to bring the Mariners back to contention. There are pieces already in place (i.e. Felix, Ackley, Smoak, Seager) but in the current market the Mariners are still riding the coattails of the 2001 team lead by a once dominate Ichiro Suzuki. It’s time to make a splash again, I think a certain Prince from Milwaukee would do just fine in the NW. Please? Pretty Please?