Alert reader Mary Boone just informed me that when she consulted Wikipedia today to check the spelling of Don Wakamatsu’s name, she was stunned to read that he had been “fired” on August 2 (Monday). Here’s the screen grab.
Boone writes it “caused me to check out real news sources … real quick.”
Relax, Mary. I’m at Safeco Field, and I can see Wakamatsu in the dugout right now. As Jack Zduriencik said — repeatedly — on Tuesday, “Don is our manager.”
There are, in fact, two references in the Wikipedia entry to Wakamatsu being fired. The first, in the introduction, says: “Wilbur Donald “Don” Wakamatsu (born February 22, 1963 in Hood River, Oregon) is a former Major League Baseball manager and catcher. He was the manager of the Seattle Mariners from 2009 until his firing August 2nd, 2010.”
Later in the entry, in the section on Wakamatsu’s career, it reads: “On August 2nd, 2010 he was fired for the club’s subpar performance, dugout issues, as well as his role in Ken Griffey Jr’s sudden departure.”
Just another lesson in why Wikipedia — which I believe can be invaluable resource — should also be treated with caution.
Oh, by the way, when I clicked on Wikipedia tonight at 7:30 p.m., Wakamatsu’s entry had been fixed, with both references to his being fired removed.