August 22, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Listen to replay of The Geoff Baker Show discussing Zduriencik, Wedge
Well, we certainly heard from many of you tonight and were able to bounce around plenty of points in the discussion on both Jack Zduriencik and Eric Wedge. As I said in the show, the point isn’t to lead a lynch mob or get anyone run out of town. It’s to bring up items worthy of discussion that you would hope the Mariners themselves would be considering when they decide on the future of Zduriencik and Wedge.
Clearly, a team eight games under .500 with a run differential of -82 has not met expectations this year so far, no matter how many young players are crammed into the lineup. Could those young players morph into a winning unit someday? Sure. But as of today, nothing we’ve seen so far can lead us to conclude it will happen. After all, the Mariners had a winning record in the second half last season. This season, with something still on the line in April, May and June. it didn’t matter one bit.
Will it matter next year if the Mariners win games now when they’re safely out of the race? Perhaps. But maybe not. Whatever decision the Mariners make on Zduriencik and Wedge — and right now, it lools like they’re coming back in 2014 — they’ll have to live with it if it doesn’t work out.
Just trying to mention some of this stuff ahead of time. Piling on afterwards is easy. This rebuilding plan will head into Year 6 next season. A .500 record should not be too much to expect, no matter what city we’re discussing.