(I still don’t know how I did it, but I somehow managed to post two identical versions of this post. I’ve taken one down, but unfortunately the comments in that post had to come down with it. I apologize to anyone whose comment was lost. You can replicate it on this post if you want. Sorry).
During Jack Zduriencik’s presentation to the Associated Press Sports Editors Northwest Regional meeting in Tacoma, he was asked, point blank, how long the team would wait for Ken Griffey Jr. to produce. Griffey is hitting .224, hasn’t had an extra-base-hit since Opening Day, and is posting a .527 OPS.
Zduriencik gave a long pause before answering, as is his habit when asked weighty questions. My impression has always been that he really wants to gather his thoughts and have it come out the way he wants. Here’s what he finally said:
“I think you kind of have to go to the alternative. You wait and see. The one thing Ken was very explicit about this winter, he wanted to be part of this ballclub. He wanted to be here and do whatever he could to help us.
“You hope he gets on track. It’s early. It’s early for anybody. Where do we end up with Ken? We’ll see. We have to wait and see. We’ll give it a chance, a little bit more of a chance to produce, like any other player, and see what happens. If it continues, then we’ll have to have some discussions about it.”
Now, that’s not “stop the presses” stuff, but it also might be the most frank statement the Mariners have made about Griffey and his struggles. So tuck that away as Griffey tries to work his way out of his hitting funk.