Watch the above video to see newly-renovated Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Compare it with our video from last July, when the renovations were still in the early construction phase. Note the lack of seating above the outfield fountains and the still unbuilt outfield concourse area.
Does all this sound familiar? A team expected to contend instead sits eight games back after a month, despite trading a bunch of prospects for a big-time pitcher? Yeah, I thought so. Well, the Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t wait until June to can their manager the way the Mariners did with John McLaren last season. Former Mariners manager Bob Melvin has walked the plank in Arizona after only a month.
What does this tell you? Well, while it’s early, it’s not that early. No, it really isn’t. The season is one-sixth done.
Now, to be fair, the D-Backs expected to contend last season as well and didn’t. And they did trade for Dan Haren a year plus ago, not just this past off-season. So, the Erik Bedard parallels are only slightly there, as are the 2008 Mariners. The D-Backs gave it a year plus. Melvin got much longer than McLaren did, namely because he made the playoffs in 2007. Now, Melvin is gone. Baseball has a short attention span.
The purpose of this post? To show you that not everything that goes on in Seattle is unique. Also, that the season is now well enough along to start needing changes to be made. The whole “it’s early” thing can be put to bed. It really isn’t all that early. As the Mariners’ recent lineup switches have started to show. They really do have to kick this offense into gear.