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May 24, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Carlos Silva on clubhouse accountability

Carlos Silva agrees with what Bill Bavasi had to say today. The veteran starter, in his first year with the Mariners, feels that some players have to be spoken to and he’s on the verge of doing it.
Silva talked of how he felt embarrassed after his four-inning start in Detroit the other night. Talked of being embarrassed when he came to the clubhouse the next day. Thing is, he’s not sure he sees that same embarrassment in all the faces of players he sees after games and in the days after.
Putting the past behind you is one thing. Not learning from it, or treating it like just another setback on another day at the office, is something else.
There’s a fine line and he feels some players are crossing it.
“It’s like when I pitched in Detroit and I had a bad game, I didn’t even want to see my teammates’ faces the next day,” Silva said. “Because I care so much about my team. But it’s like, guys in here have a bad game, or whatever, it’s great when you stay positive and have the same attitude, but, man, feel embarrassed too.
“I feel embarrassed, you know what I mean? If you don’t feel embarrassed in this game, once in a while when you’re struggling bad like this, it’s like you don’t care enough about this game.”
Silva felt he’d done a better job in this game after that four-run second inning. He wasn’t happy with that frame, but [ut it out of his mind and gave all he had through the sixth.
“I don’t want to point fingers at anybody,” he said. “But if we go out there and play hard, no matter what, you’re going to see a different game. No matter what. If you strike out, or you miss a play or whatever and you put it behind you and play hard, you’re going to see a different game.”
So, he wasn’t hanging his head afterwards.
“I hope they have that in mind,” he said of his teammates. “Play hard no matter what. If you have a bad at-bat go out there and do your best in the field. Some guys do, but some guys don’t.”
And he feels some players need a talking to.
“To be honest, I wanted to do that today,” Silva said. “But it’s like, right now…you have to pick the right time to do that. Because we’ve been losing. I’m pretty sure that of I said something to somebody, they’d get very upset. So, that’s why today, I didn’t say anything. I preferred to leave it at that and keep pitching my game.
“But somebody needs to do that.”

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