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April 16, 2007 at 2:16 PM

Let’s get a rumble going

OK, so since some of us supposedly think the past few years are justification enough for firing Mike Hargrove, let’s take those flames and light another guy’s barbecue. Our old pal, Lou Piniella, isn’t looking so hot in Chicago these days. That temper tantrum the other day? Never seen Hargrove pull one of those. Not yet, anyway. There’s plenty of time left — 154 games, to be exact. But I kept hearing all winter long about how Sweet Lou would have been the difference in Seattle, despite pointing out that managers are often only as good as the rosters they are given by general managers.
Well, good ole’ Lou couldn’t get it done in Tampa Bay. Now, he’s already blaming the folks before him in Chicago, what, two weeks into a season? When was that World Series title, again? Right around the time of the first Gulf War?
Now, get this straight. No one is saying Piniella should be canned. He deserves at least a couple of years to get things right in Chicago. Or does he? How much job security should one get when given $200 million in new payroll commitments? When does his “Hot Seat” start to heat up? Anyone want to change their “Lou woulda done this…” in Seattle vote?
Just wondering. I have no idea how long the grace period applies for an “established manager” any more than some of you. My take is that Piniella has to figure out who can win for him and go from there. That takes at least a year and after that, all bets are off. Progress has to be made.
For the reader who asked again about Weaver and the rotation: yes, the Mariners are running through the rotation without skipping anyone. By my count, that means Weaver works the opener of the series at Yankee Stadium. (Felix Hernandez would then pitch the second game on Saturday, so yes, he would take the mound in the team’s only Big Apple visit).
Angels lost again. Mariners now 1 1/2 games up. Enjoy it while it lasts, especially now that it’s been confirmed that Johan Santana will, in fact, start on Thursday at Safeco Field for the Twins. As one reader pointed out, the loser of tomorrow night’s game will, in all likelihood, lose the three-game series if we go by pitching matchups.
Not sure why the Twins balked at originally listing Santana, but they did. Now, he’s in there. Should see some good pitching this week.

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