It’s all over Twitter and probably a lot of other places this morning, but after Mike Wilson was called up, everyone was waiting for the other shoe to drop. That shoe was Ryan Langerhans, a move that was announced this morning before I was able to drag myself out of bed. I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the exchange, but it was what it was. It was a little curious, because it didn’t really solve any of our problems. But there was another shoe…
Milton Bradley was deemed such a risk with his two ejections, questionable defense and attitude that the Mariners decided it was more effective to just eat his paycheck and cut bait than try and work with him any further to keep him around. Based on what I know of Milton’s past, this must have been an exceptionally bad turn for him. He asked us for help and we offered counseling. We gave him another chance after the pre-season incident with his wife. We kept putting him in the lineup in left field, despite his Raul Ibanez-like fielding issues. As far as I can tell, especially with the counseling, we tried a lot harder than other teams to deal with Bradley’s particular brand of behavior. All for naught.
This is upsetting to me. Because the front office was willing to keep dealing, I was willing to keep dealing. A lot of other fans were, too. A group of people that frequent Lookout Landing even went to one game with signs and shows of other support and sat in the left field bleachers a few games ago, cheering Bradley on. Seattle fans steadfastly held up against ridicule from fans of other teams Bradley had been on, all of us together insisting as one that Bradley just needed some support, despite his foibles. And we did our best. Seriously, we did our best. We tried to love you, Milton, I promise; and I’m sorry it didn’t work out, but it does look like it’s time to go our separate ways. I don’t know what you’ll do after you were let go by one of the most lenient and forgiving teams in Major League Baseball, but I wish you luck.
In Bradley’s stead, we have Carlos Peguero. I’m good with this choice. While I haven’t seen him make any plays that were jaw-dropping, he’s young and probably hungry, and has played in Seattle a little already. And I’m willing to bet he won’t get ejected any time soon for arguing calls, throwing a helmet, breaking a bat, or anything else one can get ejected for.
As for Ryan Langerhans, I can only hope he passes through waivers on his way to Tacoma, because frankly, I still like him. I’m also going to hope that either Mike Wilson miraculously does well here, or that another move is made. Probably barking up the wrong tree there, but we’ll see. Apparently, they’re going to platoon the newbies for left/right purposes, so at least that might improve the situation? Time will tell.