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September 18, 2008 at 5:54 PM

An all-time low?

So, here’s something we can have a nice debate about. Which was worse? The Mariners getting taken out in a three-game series by the Washington Nationals back in June? At home, to boot. Or getting swept in a four-game series by the Kansas City Royals, including the 12-0 whomping taken today?
It’s a toughie.
I’d still have to go with the Nats’ sweep of a few months ago. The Mariners still had something ressembling a major league offense at the time. Not any more. This is what happens when you “play the kids”. It isn’t always a fun show. Some have done OK. Others have not. I feel sorry for some of the players out there who have gone through this entire season, like Raul Ibanez, Jose Lopez and Ichiro. They have continued to perform at a high level, but probably never in their wildest dreams expected things would turn out this way back in March. It’s not easy heading out there every night knowing you are destined to lose.
As for Ibanez, I’d be shocked if he’d want to come back for another year or two of this. All this talk we’ve gone through about him switching to DH or first base in Seattle might be a moot point. Adrian Beltre, who underwent two successful surgeries today to get his thumb repaired and bone chips cleaned out of his shoulder (recovery time is said to be three to four months) put it bluntly last weekend. No established player really wants to go through a rebuilding year. Beltre has no choice in that regard. Ibanez does. I doubt he’ll choose to stick around this train wreck.
By the way, the M’s just tied the 2002 New York Mets as the worst team to ever spend $100 million on a payroll. Those Mets spent $117 million and lost 95. The M’s? Let’s just say those 100-100 club memberships are on the printing presses as we speak.
So, is this the all-time season low?

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