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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

March 26, 2009 at 12:27 PM

How does “Mayor Buhner” sound?

This story in the Seattle Times today caught my eye — former Sonic (and Clipper and Maverick and Knick and Jazz) James Donaldson is throwing his hat into the Seattle mayoral race.

I know absolutely nothing about Donaldson’s politics, but you can’t help but pay attention to a 7-foot-2 candidate.

Anyway, Donaldson’s decision got me thinking about which ex-Mariners (or current Mariners) could be mayoral timber. Here’s what I came up with:

  • Dan Wilson. Smooth, photogenic, glib, clean as a whistle — Gentleman Dan has politician written all over him. And he’d own the female demographic.

  • Edgar Martinez. Come on — who doesn’t love Edgar? As long as Jack McDowell isn’t registered to vote here, he could win in a landslide. Hey, he’s already got a his own street named after him.

  • Ken Griffey Jr. The only problem is, Junior can’t decide whether to run for mayor of Atlanta or Seattle. Don’t worry — he’ll make his decision soon, after he talks to Willie Mays.

  • Dave Edler. You might have forgetten Steady Eddy, the Mariners’ Opening Day third baseman in 1981, but those of us who were working in his hometown of Yakima in those days will never forget him. And who would have guessed it — Edler has become a successful politician, for real. He’s currently serving as the duly elected and quite popular (from what I can gather) mayor of Yakima, which gives him the perfect springboard to a bigger platform in Seattle. Not that Edler would ever leave his beloved Yakima, where he is senior pastor of Yakima Foursquare Church.

  • Dennis Martinez. Remember, he used to be called El Presidente and was viewed as a future leader in his native Nicaragua. How about El Alcalde (The Mayor)?

  • Jay Buhner. Bone would certainly enliven civic affairs, although I’m not sure if he would be able to display the proper, uh, decorum. Buhner’s ability to barf at will, a big hit in the clubhouse, might not be quite as appreciated at official dinners. And we won’t even get into his bagel trick (paragraph five; don’t try that at home, or anywhere else, for that matter).

  • Bobby Ayala. Just kidding.

    Any other suggestions?

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