A little time at work and some motivation while I’m wading in post-nasal drip and not being able to feel my fingers due to the cold coming into me through the office windows here on the 20th floor…
I’m not sure how I feel about Eric Wedge’s departure. I never really felt strongly one way or the other about Wedge. He seemed appropriately happy and encouraging when he needed to be, and appropriately upset, annoyed, and frustrated when it seemed necessary. I know a lot of people (probably myself included a few times) complained about his usages of relievers during close games, and his pinch hitting decisions, but as far as a manager just in general, I never hated him. I can totally understand why he left; the same reason everyone else seems to be in a hurry to get out of here. It’s difficult to do your job if you’re not given the tools while facing constant criticism from fans and journalists alike. Given our high manager turnover over the past few years with our highly-touted prospects, high-dollar trades, and seasoned players like Felix and Ichiro who stay here as long as they possibly can while seeing no benefits to their loyalty, I’m not entirely sure that the managerial position is entirely to blame. Our best year over the last 5 is still 2009, with my personal favorite, Don Wakamatsu. To be honest, I’d like Wak back. But I probably always will. I sort of wish that Wedge would have stuck it out, but I also can’t blame him for getting out while he can, given that he’s had to take the blame for 25 other people for a while now. I would be super curious to know what the “fundamental disagreement” is, however. What was the problem that caused this much job dissatisfaction? And was Wedge truly responsible for the in-game moves he made? We’ll probably never know; unless something was said that I missed, and in that case, someone please fill me in!
Emotionally, right now, I have to turn off any hopes of seeing Danny Hultzen in Mariners blue. I feel like we’ve had some really bad luck with surgeries (probably due to the overwhelming feeling lately that things are just not working out for the Ms) and I don’t want to get my hopes up just to have them dashed if Hultzen doesn’t make a full recovery. Of course, I really hope he does; and I hope he doesn’t push himself too hard to come back in 2014. Would rather have him miss a year and get all of his strength back than try and heal too fast and lose him completely.
Since the last time I wrote, the Cy Young has been presented to Max Scherzer. I like Scherzer, so I have no problem with this other than that I really wanted Hisashi Iwakuma to win. Maybe next year. I’m just glad Kuma is still a Mariner. Fingers crossed he stays that way for a while. I love the Felix/Hishashi punch at the front of the rotation. Hopefully whomever replaces Carl Willis will work with our staff well.
Willie Bloomquist is back. Part of me feels like “Aw, just like the old days”, and part of me wonders why we are doing this. Granted, I liked Bloomquist before he left, and was happy to see him do well in Arizona, and he’s also projected to do alright next year…I don’t know. Maybe I’m being too hard on the Seattle Mariners lately. Lots of change coming all at one time can be difficult to deal with, when you’ve spent the last few months of the previous season completely disillusioned by what was going on in the first place. I’ll probably be totally fine with this decision in a few months, I would think. I usually settle down by the time FanFest rolls around. Bloomie is still projected to be a 0.3 WAR player, so at least there is that. The power of positive thinking! I feel better already. Yay, Willie Bloomquist is back!
That’s about all I have time for at the moment. I know, mostly old news; I’m still trying to catch up on a lot, and I’m still dealing with some of the fatigue left over from being sick most of October and November. In spite of any meandering criticism I may have hashed out on Twitter, I do still love this team, and want to see them do well. It just seems like there are even more roadblocks now than ever before since I started watching them. I think what is also hampering my excitement is the fact that between the holidays, my general pay grade, and the fact that I’m going to the east coast next April, I am not 100% positive that I will be able to get my beloved 16-game plan; and if I do, it will be RIGHT up against the start of the season. I have been talking to my friend Daniel about going in on something, but it will vastly depend on how much I can save for my trip east between now and the end-ish of March. I plan to go a little nuts on Orioles and Phillies swag, and that stuff doesn’t pay for itself!
Hopefully more tomorrow; in the meantime, we all wait to find out if Robinson Cano and Jay Z can trick the Mariners into a deal.