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October 2, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Athletics 5, Mariners 3: Seattle has second 100-loss season in three years

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Michael Saunders got a home run back in the ninth, but it was too little, too late, to make up for the three hit by the Oakland Athletics — including one off Saunders’s glove. So, the Mariners officially clinch another 100-loss season, which is fitting, given the quality of baseball we’ve seen played this season.
Tonight, we saw the Mariners get a runner to second base three times with nobody out and still fail to score. They got Ichiro to the plate in the ninth, representing the tying run, and giving fans something to cheer about. Still, you never really got the sense they’d come all the way back. And they didn’t.
As we mentioned earlier on tonight, nobody really wants to go through a season like this on the media side. But once it happens, you can’t sugar coat it. This was a horrible season for a lot of people, many of whom no longer have jobs.
Those who still do have jobs, on the field and off of it, owe it to fans to give them a better product than they saw this past season. You can’t tell people to “Believe Big” and then go out and lose 100. This is the second time this has happened since 2008 to a much-hyped Mariners squad. You look over to New York, where the Mets just disappointed yet again, and heads are poised to roll for a team that isn’t all that far below .500.
In Seattle, this season was a calamity by comparison. Something to ponder. Nothing to be proud of. This was a 100-loss team by any measurement. More like a 110-loss team on too many nights. And the big, three-digit number is historically appropriate.

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