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October 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off


Eric Wedge leaves with his integrity

I would like to go on the record as being a member of what I suspect is a very large local contingent — those who deeply appreciate all that Eric Wedge did for the Mariners. This man put up with a dizzying array of frustrations and has succeeded through it all in maintaining control and integrity.
What astounds me is the exceeding lack of competence present in the area of upper management. Year after depressing year, the unwise decisions keep coming, each one dropped on the heap of all the others before it. Sadly, the longterm effects are not as easy to see as the daily won-and-lost statistics.
The Mariners are fatally flawed in the worst possible way — their foundation is too weak to build upon. As long as Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln are still here taking up space, this will be the status quo.
– Tom Likai, Shoreline

Jack Zduriencik to blame for Mariners’ problems

That was one superb article on Eric Wedge and his departure (Jerry Brewer column, “Zduriencik deserves blame for communication breakdown with Wedge,” Sept. 29). Jack Zduriencik is the heart of the problem. Mr. Z has no vision, just a constantly evolving list of excuses that should have been seen through a long time ago. I know I saw through his incompetence by the third year, and I might have been a slow learner.
– Larry Meyer, Leavenworth

Hard to blame Wedge for leaving Seattle

More of what we expect from the Mariners organization. GM Jack Zduriencik has to bring “his” rookies up to save his job. Manager Eric Wedge has to then play them (not all are ready for the bigs). Then the Mariners leave Wedge dangling in the breeze.The statement by Zduriencik that “I was looking forward to having Eric back …” is completely unbelievable. Who can blame Wedge for moving on?
– John Christensen, Edmonds

Wedge holds M’s executives accountable

Eric Wedge has done something that no one has seem to be able to do, but is so necessary if the Mariners are to be freed from their continual mediocrity: he held Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln accountable for their actions; in this case, not offering him a longterm deal to finish the job he started.
Chuck and Howard are great at putting others “on the hot seat” but act like they are immune from such criticism. Wedge’s gutsy action shows that he was the right kind of leader to turn this rudderless, bad-ship Mariner around.
– Jon Engman, Newcastle

Wedge fiasco shows Jack Z is clueless

Jack Zduriencik says he was surprised when Eric Wedge resigned. Really? Not only doesn’t he know how to run a successful baseball operation, he has no clue how the players and fans consider his ineptitude total incompetence.
Jack, just remember your comment that you and the Mariners wish Eric and his family well as he leaves. You’re going to hear Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln say the same thing about you this time next year (if you make it past the All-Star break).
– Fred Riler, Issaquah

Reader calls for a Mariners boycott

Eric Wedge’s resignation emphasizes just how completely dysfunctional the (formerly) good ship Mariner has become. Wedge was left to walk the plank, rather than be shoved off, and first mate Jack Zduriencik has only a one-year contract. Meanwhile, Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln remain holed up, invisible, counting their coins in the bowls of the vessel as it again runs aground.
There remains now only one remedy for this disastrous situation: mutiny! Refuse to buy any tickets for the 2014 sailing, which already appears bleak. With no crew, the ship cannot sail. The only way to evict Lincoln and Armstrong from their cabins is through their pocketbooks. Abandon this rotten vessel and demand new owners.
– Michael W. Shurgot, Seattle

Husky football

This reader believes Sark will stay at UW

Rarely in the world of college or professional sports do I believe many coaches or athletes. But when Steve Sarkisian says that he wants to stay at the University of Washington and that it is indeed his dream job, well, I believe it.
He is the top dog here, and is building a legacy. I don’t think USC stands a chance at taking away our coach, and that is something I firmly believe. I think Sarkisian wants to be here longer than Don James.
– Jeff Swanson, Everett


Maybe asking QBs to run isn’t dangerous

Just asking:
Is it possible that quarterbacks who are proven running threats are being misapplied to their offenses by coaches who swallow one of the false myths of the game?
That myth is: quarterbacks are more likely to suffer serious injuries as runners than as dropback pocket passers. (Examples: injuries of consequence to Tennessee’s Jake Locker on Sunday and to two WSU QBs on Saturday were on pass plays; not runs).
Last season, both Russell Wilson (Seahawks) and Colin Kaepernick (49ers) enjoyed notable success as read-option runners. This season it appears their coaches have scaled back the use of plays where option runs or flat-out designed QB runs are called for. Result? The teams’ offenses have looked more pedestrian.
(Example: Seahawks in the first three quarters of the Houston game Sunday, before Wilson started running).
Asking further:
Wouldn’t these offenses be more productive and exciting if the QBs were turned loose by their coaches to use their full talents? Right now it appears they’re being hobbled, based on the injury-cause myth.
– Rod Belcher, Des Moines

High schools

Coach who suspended entire team did players a favor

Union High School (Roosevelt, Utah) football coach Matt Labrum should receive the coach, teacher, character builder of the year award for suspending all 80 of his players.
What a guy! To let his team know that bad behavior will have consequences and then follows through is a life lesson that I’m sure the majority of the 71 returning team members will always remember.
With age and maturity they will look back on coach Labrum with respect and gratitude for a very valuable lesson. Union High School is very fortunate to have him. There ought to be more Coach Labrums in sports.
– Carol Peterson, Redmond

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