Category: Versus

This or that. Which is better, and why.

Keep Eric Wedge!

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:
  • The Mustache.
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.
  • Lou Piniella is the ONLY manager in Mariners history with a winning record. Since Lou left for Tampa Bay (when they were still the Devil Rays), the Mariners have hired a who’s who of shitty managers that most people said “Huh?” when their hiring was announced.
  • Bob Melvin, Mike Hargrove, John McLaren, Jim Riggleman, Don Wakamatsu, and Daren Brown (who?). Hargrove stayed the longest, but also failed to produce any kind of results resembling his once shining World Series resume. The only guy on this list that I would be okay with replacing Wedge at this point: Riggleman. At least the guy has a set of balls on him big enough to tell a Major League team to stick it mid-season on a winning team.
  • Everybody and their mother knew going into this season that the M’s wouldn’t come close to competing for the division, and if you say differently you’re a lying whore. But what happened? We got 3 months of competitive baseball out of this team. We actually watched the games and even attended a few. So you can’t immediately call for Wedge’s head when we all knew at the beginning that it was going to be a rough season.
  • The failure of the Mariners doesn’t fall on Erice Wedge, it falls on Jack Zduriencik. Sure the guy made some gutsy moves in his first; bringing in Guiterrez to solidify CF, bringing Junior back to Seattle, and renting Cliff Lee for half a season. But let’s not forget who else he has brought us: Jack Cust, Chone Figgins, Jack Wilson, Milton Bradley, Casey Kotchman, Eric Byrnes; not to mention got rid of Jose Lopez and Brandon Morrow. Wedge hasn’t had much to work with in terms of roster, hell most of the success has come from Minor Leaguers.
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?
 
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Fire Eric Wedge

In the spirit of debate and lack of anything else going on, Joshua and I will argue whether Eric Wedge (and his mustache) is to blame for this abysmal season. Like a lawyer, I don’t necessarily believe he needs to be fired but I wanted to build the case.

Eric Wedge deserves to be fired.

Wedge is your prototypical American League manager. Because we have the DH, you should be able to fill out your lineup card, waddle it out to the ump before the game, shake hands, and your job is essentially done from the offensive standpoint. Unfortunately our team cannot play the “get a guy on first and wait for the 2 run home run” approach.

(This was popular in the steroid era. Hargrove made a career off it in Cleveland. Point is, it still exists and it’s outdated)

Wak knew this wouldn’t work last year or the year before. He sacrifice bunted and attempted to steal his way to get some runs on the board more than any other manager. This is most likely why he advocated for Donkey in free agency. I don’t need to tell you Wak was the wrong man for the job. Point being his offensive plan was not that terrible.

This is a National League team. We are essentially playing a man down because we have no DH. Wedge ignores his bench, refuses to bunt and lets the players attempt to steal bases when they feel like it. I’m tired of waiting for the 3 run homerun that’s never going to come.

Further proof of his offensive plan: Pegero.

Wedge a quarter of the season trying to turn Pegero into the team’s power hitter. This way he could play his familiar type of baseball. Hence why he got so many at bats. This team is running on hopes and dreams of a power hitter we don’t have.

Wedge isn’t paying attention to the umpires either. Our fearless leader allowed two runners to get on base by drawing 3 ball walks in consecutive weeks. Read that last sentence again. We’re not talking about 100 year old Jack Mckean taking his afternoon nap here. The most baffling part is after the second time it happened. (Paraphrasing here) Wedge claimed he knew it occurred and he allowed it because it took the Angles out of a hit and run situation. This is the biggest load of crap I’ve ever heard. If he wanted that guy on base so bad, he would have intentionally walked him. And the guy who he wanted to pitch around? The 4 year past his prime Bobby Abreau. Now, if Wedge said he can’t get ejected from any more games this year because it would make his wife upset, it would have made more sense than this rubbish.

Not only are we playing a man down with the DH… we have guys on the team who literally have no use. I blame Jack Z for signing Cust and Donkey, but I blame Wedge for not finding them something to do. Since they aren’t playing, can they hang out in the broadcaster’s booth? They’d be better than Dave Simms right?

When a team is losing, people tend to be a little critical of the manager’s post game comments. Because I’m lazy and pissed off, I’ll do the same. If I hear Wedge tell me guys need to be more aggressive at the plate I’ll throw my plasma TV into the street. Aggressiveness = hacking the f*** away at anything in the zone. Being selective at the plate, working counts and drawing walks will lead to better pitches, more guys on base and in theory, more runs. It will also help get the starting pitcher out of the game sooner. Yes, I understand that regardless of who’s pitching, this team is dicked.

Now for the pitching staff… They are awesome. So awesome, that we have one guy in the bullpen who doesn’t even pitch. Felix and Pineda are throwing so many innings and pitches, they are going to blow their arms out by late August when this team beyond out of contention. These guys need to get a quicker hook and let the younger bullpen arms come in when the game is out of reach.

(For this team “out of reach” is defined by a 2 run deficit regardless of inning)

The debate on how to handle pitchers careers is too complex to deal with here. I just see another wasted season where our only resource is being exhausted in a lost cause.

With this disgusting roster, Wedge is playing with the deck stacked against him. His stubbornness isn’t helping himself either.

Twitter vs. Facebook

There is a lot of debate out there about which social media service is better.

 VS. 

There is no contest about bigger, Facebook wins hands down with more than 500 million active users. That’s 1 in 14 people on the planet. And 1 in 3 Internet users. Staggering numbers. Twitter is dwarfed, by comparison, with 200 million users, worldwide. But, as most guys will tell you, size is not everything. It’s important for sure, but there are other factors to consider:

  • Activity
  • Annoyance
  • Access
  • Engagement

So let’s take a look at the competitors:

Twitter Facebook
Activity There is little doubt that Twitter is quickly turning into a real source for breaking information, and when there is news Twitter activity spikes. When the news broke that Osama Bin Laden was killed Twitter activity spiked to more than 5,000 messages per second. That means more than a billion tweets a day, most days.But there are also a ton of people that are curious and sign up, never to make it past 5 tweets. You have to wonder of the 200 million how many are active. According to Facebookthe average user created 90 pieces of content a month and more than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month.That’s a lot of content.The difference seems to be in the type of activity. Facebook is, and was built to be, more personal.
Annoyance There is almost none. Don’t want it, don’t follow them. It’s that simple.  It’s a constant barrage of who had what for lunch and who like who and… oh god, Facebook is Junior High, all over again. I hope Becky likes Tommy back.
Access We can get the internet anywhere, except San Francisco (GO AT&T!) SO access is ubiquitous for both. However, there are hundreds of clients for Twitter, delivering added features and easy use.  We can get the internet anywhere, except San Francisco (GO AT&T!) SO access is ubiquitous for both. Facebook has an official app for each platform, even dumb phones (feature phones like the Razr we all rocked in High School, man, I HAD to have that phone) and via the internet.
Engagement  According to Twitter, their users are more likely to buy based on a recommendation from a fellow Twitter-er.
  • Average user has 130 friends
  • People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook

I am not going to declare one a winner and the other a loser. Each meets the needs of different people, looking for different things. Personally I prefer Twitter. It is simple, uncluttered and about information – sharing it and gathering it. IT’s more useful to me and allows the user to determine if they want to be all personal, all business or both.