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July 31, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Twins 4, Mariners 0: How much longer can Don Wakamatsu hold on?

The Mariners just tied for their worst ever month in franchise history, going 6-22 in July to equal their futility of August 1977.
Seattle is well on its way to a 100-loss season and maybe even 110 losses if things don’t turn around soon.
Managers have lost their jobs for far less.


If you’ve read this blog the past week, you’ll know I think this coaching staff was dealt a bad hand from the get-go.
But the team is in a freefall. The front office does not appear to be backing Wakamatsu in public, either in his dugout row with Chone Figgins, or in how he said just yesterday the team would be handling Justin Smoak. Wakamatsu said Smoak would be staying in the majors and getting occasional days off to work on stuff. Today, he’s in Class AAA and Wakamatsu says it was “an organizational decision.”
Those things do happen, yes. But there is a context here that has to be considered.
There is also an off-day coming up on Monday. That’s when teams do tend to make these kinds of moves if they can — where there is no game that night.
I’m not saying it’s going to happen. Just trying to read the tea leaves.
The M’s had four hits tonight. They gave up three runs in the first and that was the ballgame. Like I said, front offices have needed less of an excuse than this to make a managerial change. This team keeps giving them one every night.

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