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April 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM

What Seattle Times readers are saying



Box scores tell sad story

The box scores from last night are a microcosm of why the Mariners are so consistently bad. Ex-Mariner, Mike Carp, Boston Red Sox: 4 for last 4, .571 batting average. Still Mariner Justin Smoak, 1 for 5, .207 batting average. Released Mariner John Garland, Colorado Rockies, 2-0, 3.32 earned-run average. Still Mariners Blake Beaven 0-1 8.25 ERA; Mauer 1-2, 9.95 ERA.

Any questions?

– Bob Dugoni, Kirkland


Let’s go, Little M’s

Future news flash: After another Mariners season destined to not make the playoffs, senior management announced today they will make some major changes. The outfield fences will be moved in to 200 feet, base paths to 60 feet and the team replaced by a Seattle All-Star Little League team. This will allow Eric Wedge to continue to use his favorite blue crayon to fill out the lineup card and his Magic 8 ball to make the pitching changes during the games.

Go little M’s!

– Stew Rutledge, Edmonds


Support team’s positive efforts

Without question the Mariners have:

1) Strengthened their farm system.

2) Brought in quality veterans.

3) Signed a beloved star to a long-term contract.

4) Made the best ballpark even better.

Let’s patiently support them for their efforts, and hope that a strong local ownership group will purchase the team.

– Russ von Hagen, Seattle


Patience with Wedge running out

I cannot understand why Eric Wedge is still the manager of the Seattle Mariners. He says he can’t understand why the team is hitting so poorly. Then he says he knows this team will be great offensively.

Wedge creates lineups with rally-killing hitters placed where better hitters must be. I’m waiting, Eric, but patience only goes so far.

– David Enroth, Shoreline


Marlins far worse than M’s

After watching the new HBO “Real Sports” episode last night (Sideline Chatter, April 17), I feel better about the Mariners and Safeco Field. Seeing Bryant Gumbel grill Marlins President David Samson over what the Marlins perpetrated on the taxpayers of Miami was sweet. Unfortunately Mr. Samson, one of the smarmiest individuals I have ever heard speak, has no conscience and has utterly no concern about the fraud that he and Marlins owner Jeff Loria have committed and continue to commit against that fine city.

– Steve Alberts, Vashon



Thanks for unbiased reports

I am a huge fan of all Seattle sports, and with the Sonics’ saga nearing a final decision, most of my attention goes directly to this story. Thank you for the daily, unbiased, and truthful updates.

Bring back our Sonics!

– Kyle Nilson, Lake Forest Park


Why can’t I get drafted?

From Thursday’s Sports section: Arizona freshman center who averaged 5 points and 3 rebounds a game announces to make himself eligible for the NBA draft.” NBA draft money sounds mighty enticing and easy to achieve considering the scoring and rebounding credentials of the guy.

Perhaps there is still hope for me. Please announce my intentions: “67-year-old 6-foot Kirkland shooting guard and now NBA TV watcher, who has not played organized ball since the 1960s, has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft.”

It begs the questions: 1) What are these kids thinking or drinking; 2) Is the NBA so stupid that they would actually draft a freshman with those numbers and pay him a million dollars?

– Bill Payne, Kirkland


Marv Harshman

Marvelous Marv, the football star

With the passing of Marv Harshman and Frosty Westering on the same day, the emphasis was on Harshman as a basketball coach. But he was also one heck of a fullback at Pacific Lutheran with Marv Tommervik at halfback, a Little All-American.

In 1939, as a sophomore in high school, I was able to see the Marvelous Marvs for three years of Pacific Lutheran home games at Stadium Bowl. Tommervik got most of the headlines with his passing, but Harshman was my favorite. Not only was he a punishing runner, but an exceptional receiver. Harshman’s specialty was faking a lateral, often fooling at least one defensive back and keeping it himself, sometimes breaking away for a touchdown.

– Bob Lyon, Issaquah

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