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September 24, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Radio spot this morning

I’ll be on KJR AM 950’s Mitch in the Morning Show this morning at roughly 8:35 a.m. for my weekly Talkin’ Baseball segment. No doubt we’ll discuss Part 1 of our five-part Rebuilding the Mariners series that appeared in today’s newspaper edition of the Times.
The summary of today’s story:
— The Mariners are trying to rebuild, but will have to do so while hamstrung by a number of hefty contracts (Carlos Silva, Kenji Johjima, possibly Raul Ibanez and then, to a lesser extent, Adrian Beltre, Jarrod Washburn and Miguel Batista) that fly in the face of rebuilding.
— Kenji Johjima has an “out clause” but only a limited one and it doesn’t kick in until after 2009. In other words, he’s back next season. No “face-saving” move back to Japan this winter.
— The Mariners are wrestling with whether to do a Cleveland-style “blow it up” and start over from scratch rebuilding job, or a partial rebuild in which pieces are fit around existing cornerstones.
For RagArm in the comments thread, the Johjima signing was mandated from Japan. It has been confirmed several times, off the record and on deep background. No quotes given for attribution, for obvious reasons in that ownership would not take kindly to the person being quoted.
But no one from the Mariners has ever contradicted this directly. Not Chuck Armstrong, not Howard Lincoln, nor the PR staff. You can take it to the bank.
One other little tidbit to consider. The part about Washburn’s relationship with Johjima. Many of you have written this year saying Washburn threw Johjima “under the bus.” While Washburn did indeed go public with the fact he and Johjima were having issues, it was Washburn who came to the catcher’s defense in public when it became apparent Johjima might be getting scapegoated for the team’s troubles. In the end, after a break from each other, it was Washburn who went to the coaches and told them he wanted to try to make it work with Johjima as a battery again. It wasn’t the coaches who forced Washburn to go back to Johjima as a catcher. The pitcher went to them and offered to try things again.
Big difference. And also a reason why some fans refering to Washburn as “The Bus” all season has been off-base if it’s meant as a commentary on the Johjima situation.
Tomorrow, we focus on the hitters. It should be an interesting read for a number of reasons that will become obvious to you in a hurry. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to your comments.

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