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June 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off

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Mariners

Will team ever learn to win?

How many times will the Mariners continue to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? This year’s team has talent, but there is something missing. It’s the will or the ability to win.
Who teaches the players how to win? This falls squarely on the manager and coaches. Eric Wedge is a stand-up guy. He’s honest and is trying his best. But it is not translating into winning baseball.
We made some good pickups in the off season, with Kendres Morales the best of all. But why aren’t the supposed core of young players of the future developing? Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley, and Michael Saunders are not improving. Is it the managers and coaches who are not helping them reach their potential?
Will this team ever learn how to win? Maybe even a change from top to bottom is needed.
– Bob Zickes, Seattle

Safeco fans kept kept in the dark

I attended the Mariner-White Sox game Tuesday. During the game, Nick Franklin hit what appeared to be a home run that was later subjected to instant replay. His homer was overruled, and Franklin was ordered back to second base.
I find it ironic that after I had spent $70 on a very nice seat, $20 for parking and way too much money on bloated concession items, I had to call my friend, who was watching the game on TV at home, to learned what the ruling was. There was no explanation of the ruling by the game announcer and no replay shown on the “largest high-definition scoreboard in all of baseball”.
– Steve Albert, Vashon

Shame on Wedge for closer cruelty

Any respect that I may have had for Eric Wedge is long gone. Leaving Tom Wilhelmsen on the mound, in the bottom of the ninth inning in Saturday’s game in Minnesota after he gave up two walks, is downright cruel. It was quite obvious he didn’t have his good stuff. When Wedge was asked why he did not take Wilhelmsen out, he said, “he’s my closer”.
Sounds to me that Wedge would rather lose the game, than remove his closer. Shame, shame, shame on Eric Wedge.
– Cindy Empey, Marysville

Second-guessing fruitless enterprise

Of all the angles from which to criticize a baseball team, few are as fruitless or ill-advised as zeroing in on crucial decisions only a manager can make in the heat of battle.
Guys like Eric Wedge arrive with credentials already established. They are steeped in the litany of situational baseball, keen observers of player nuances we never get within a mile of seeing.
I criticize something every game, but usually by the time the dust has settled, I can recognize the reason why a certain decision goes beyond knee-jerk rationale. When a manager commits to a decision he knows has a 60% chance of success, he also knows there’s a 40 percent chance he’ll be lambasted in the next day’s newspaper.
– Lew Witham, Seattle

Alex Rodriguez

A-Fraud serving up more baloney

I get tired of hearing that Alex Rodriguez is number so-and-so on the all-time homer list and that A-Rod is one of the all time greats. He is not either. He is, however, A-Fraud. He is great at that. All those fictitious numbers put up by this man should not count, nor should they matter. Why would we give any credence to anything this man does, let alone mention him alongside the truly great Ken Griffey Jr.
What do we really know about A-Fraid? Could it be that he is a cheater, all the way back to high school? He’s taken at least three teams down with him. He could have been a Hall of Famer without the steroids.
Please stop all this baloney served to us by A-Fraud. I’m choking on it.
– Keith Brown, Everett

WNBA

Who’s afraid of Brittney Griner?

Is the WNBA afraid of its own shadow, or just Brittney Griner’s?
I just read in your that the WNBA has made a three-second violation applicable — to the defense — apparently solely because of this 6-foot-8 rookie phenom. What would the outcry have been if the NBA had raised the basket height by two feet when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar first entered the league to thwart his dunking ability?
Griner’s ability to dunk is already in the WNBA record books. Can a raise in basket height for the WNBA be far behind? Unbelievably bizarre.
– Tom Wingard-Phillips, Seattle

Crew

Why is rowing ignored by media?

Except for The Seattle Times, why do all other local sports media tend to ignore the UW crew program? The Washington crew has the best winning percentage of any local sports program. They dominated at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) championships, as they have for the past 10 years.
Most other athletes would not last more than a couple of minutes rowing in a shell at 30 strokes per minute. It’s a shame that all this effort, dedication and excellence gets zero respect.
– Larry Hamilton, Seattle

Jerry Brewer

Fatherly wisdom worthy of saving

Jerry Brewer’s Sunday column was another suitable for framing. It was very clever, humorous and sensitive. Truly fatherly wisdom on the bittersweet art of parenting.
I’m saving it for my family.
– Jan Thumlert, Woodinville
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