Mariners’ failure isn’t Eric Wedge’s fault
Larry Stone’s Sept. 26 article (“Will Wedge be M’s fall guy?”) concerning Mariners manager Eric Wedge was informative and well-written, and it definitely served to awaken some inner feelings I’ve carried around. Anyone who cares to examine this man’s situation can’t help but feel sympathy. In essence, what he has done is consistently striven to extract more from less. The players he has been given to oversee have been a combination of veterans, many of whom have failed to produce for assorted reasons, and rookies, many of whom have shown promise but have committed a litany of mental and physical errors due to their youth.
My impression of Wedge’s performance is that he has been neither too soft and easy nor too hard and demanding. We Mariners fans may not be privy to the inner workings of the club, but over the course of a season, we are able to pick up little details from various sources which give us general impressions of how his stewardship has developed. I have seen no telltale signs of a loss of control. The players have not loafed. There has been no internal dissension. Dedication has not faltered.
- Tom Likai, Shoreline
Mariners’ problems start at the top
Certainly we should thank Hiroshi Yamauchi for stepping in to save the Mariners back in 1992. There was some great baseball during that first decade. But let’s face it, the second decade has been a disastrous debacle under the stewardship of Howard Lincoln and Chuck Armstrong. The baseball now is barely major league caliber and hardly worth watching.
This is a shame, particularly since it was the citizenry who made the new ballpark possible, yet it is the owners who take the profits from the gigantic increase in franchise value, all the while throwing a mismanaged product in our face. Based on our local civic commitment, shouldn’t the Mariners owe us a duty of loyalty and proper management? (Or at least a kickback of those franchise profits?)
The point is this, thank you Mr. Yamauchi, but can we please now move on and get some interested baseball people to run this club who care more about wins and losses than dollars and cents?
- David Sadick, Port Townsend
Hey Slade, aren’t you forgetting someone?
In his tribute to Hiroshi Yamauchi (“Hiroshi Yamauchi, Seattle’s quiet anchor to the Mariners,” Sept. 24) Slade Gorton amazingly states that Ichiro was “undoubtedly” the best player the Mariners ever had. Even Ichiro worshipped the undoubtedly best player the Mariners ever had — Ken Griffey Jr.
- Milton Schulman, Seattle
Fans not welcome to improve their seats
Dear Mr. Lincoln and the Mariners brain trust:
Monday night’s Mariners-Royals game had all the hallmarks of a Safeco classic: a chill in the air, zeros on the board, vacant seats, deafening quiet and a team unable to execute fundamentals such as bunts and sacrifice flies.
But there I was nonetheless, hosting a colleague from out of town who’s on a mission to visit every major-league ballpark. Despite the meaninglessness of the game — yet another hallmark of September baseball in Seattle — my friend and I enjoyed ourselves as we strolled around the stadium.
The game got exciting in the late innings as the M’s rallied and we made our way closer to the field to root on the home team. We sat in box seats that were unoccupied; there were many from which to choose. As the game entered extra innings, a smiling usher asked if we had tickets for those seats. Of course not! Who in their right mind would pay full price for such seats with the M’s at the height of irrelevance? Unimpressed with our fandom and harmless bit of opportunism, your faithful employee lectured us on the need to safeguard the investment of absentee ticket-holders and instructed us to move. For good measure he told us charter seat owners are not to be trifled with, and some will call into the M’s if they spot plebes sitting in their seats while watching on TV. How considerate!
Of course this preoccupation with empty seats and hypothetically lucrative fans makes perfect sense given that from top to bottom, your organization seems more intent on protecting sacred cows than winning games or entertaining actual fans.
I just thought you should know the Mariners’ commitment to past excellence and future profits has not gone unnoticed by what few fans remain.
- Josh Belzman
How about some love for the Cougars?
What is the deal? Do you forget on purpose that a fair share of the population on the west side of the state are WSU fans? How you love to put the Huskies’ wins on the front page of the sports section with full color photos, but then you bury the Cougars on about page 10 AGAIN! Penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.
- Sherry Scott, Woodinville
Coverage of Storm makes positive impact
I rarely get a chance to attend sporting events. With an invitation from a close Seattle friend, herself a firm supporter of women in sports and the WNBA, I attended Sunday’s game at the Tacoma Dome. To my delight, your coverage in Monday’s paper was wonderful. Thank you for this in-depth coverage.
As a former public schoolteacher and a lifelong advocate for girls and women in sports, I have worked hard to encourage girls to participate in team sports. As the leading print newspaper in this area, you have the opportunity to make a positive impact by the quality of your coverage.
Please keep in mind that girls are influenced by how you depict them in your coverage. This is also true of society in general. More articles of this caliber would be greatly appreciated.
- Sandy Bowman, University Place
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