Kenji Johjima, pictured above, had two of Seattle’s eight hits today, but grounds out in a 1-2-3 ninth inning that took 10 pitches to complete. The Mariners lose 6-1 and after the game took a verbal tongue-lashing from manager John McLaren in a clubhouse tirade that could be heard echoing in the hallways outside. Clubhouse attendants were prevented from entering, as was the media, as McLaren unloaded on his team.
Afterwards, doors finally opened, he said: “We can’t hit for them. It’s up to them. We put their names in the lineup and it’s up to them to hit. If that doesn’t work, we’ll look at other options. We spent two hours in the cage before the game and we have nothing to show for it.”
He added: “I don’t know if a switch in the lineup would change anything. We have capable hitters and we need to hit collectively as a group.”
McLaren concluded by saying the team isn’t playing good baseball and that he’s “very disappointed” in the 13-18 record after a positive spring training. “I need to take full responsibility because it’s my team and we have to get things right.”
Only he’s not taking full responsibility if he’s yelling at the players. Not to play semantical games here, but that’s it. For the record, I don’t think, as I told you last night, that he is fully responsible. This is a player thing. The players have to play.
Raul Ibanez, who was indeed trying not to make that outfield throw that wound up spiked into the ground, said of McLaren’s outburst: “Everything he said, he hit the nail on the head and he’s absolutely right, It’s time for us to pick it up.”
May 3, 2008 at 2:07 PM