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February 19, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Mariners clubhouse

Take ownership, don’t blame the true professional

I was a batboy for the Seattle Mariners in 2001 when the team was stocked with true professionals, leading to a great clubhouse environment. Ichiro was no exception. His amazing work ethic and approach to the game fit right in with the rest of that 116-win team.

A lot of things have changed with the Seattle Mariners since 2001. But, I’m confident one thing that has not changed is Ichiro Suzuki.

When evaluating the problems with the 2008 Mariners clubhouse, maybe we should be asking about the six-plus ERAs and .290 on base percentages, rather than trying to drum up old “team-chemistry gossip.”

Maybe it’s time for reporters to start asking players to take ownership for their own failures, instead of deflecting the blame toward the one true professional on the team. No matter what the “team-chemistry” issues were involving Ichiro, they weren’t the cause of a 101-loss baseball team.

The team can win with Ichiro. I’ve seen it happen!

— Shaun Dougherty, Tacoma

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