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Six years and counting. That’s when the Mariners went from a semi-interesting team to a disaster back in the 2008 season, which also coincides with the beginning of my weekly Talkin Baseball segment on Sports Radio KJR with morning host Mitch Levy.
Today, we launch season No. 6 at 8:10 a.m. PT.
Since that Erik Bedard-inspired beginning, we have run the gamut from a downright terrible Mariners team back in 2008, to a somwhat-surprising 2009 squad, then more terrible in 2010 and 2011, a bit less awful in 2012 and now an interesting team I expect to do no worse then .500 this coming year.
In other words, no, it should not be an all-negative year on the airwaves.
I’ve always said, when there’s something positive to talk about, we will. The 87-101-loss teams seen in four of the past five years should be a thing of the past. This squad finally has a middle of the order worth talking about and appears to be ready to stop handing out freebie jobs to anybody making minimum salary.
Now, can I guarantee you it’ll be all positive in 2013 during our segment? Nope, I cannot. The Mariners should be improved, but they have to actually go out and do it first. Also, improved doesn’t automatically put them in the playoffs.
It could still mean fourth place.
I expect bigger things from this team, but you know what they say about heightened expectations and how it leads to increased pressure.
We’ll know soon enough whether this team is ready for prime time.
As for Mitch and myself? Prime time radio, baby. We’ve been doing it together for a long time.