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December 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Robinson Cano, Chris Petersen: Seattle Times readers sound off

cartoon 12-13Mariners

Odds are against
Cano signing working

You never know how these things will turn out, but I think the odds are paying Robinson Cano $240 million is the third-dumbest thing the Mariners have done, behind hiring Bill Bavasi and building a ballpark without asking Ken Griffey Jr. what the dimensions should be.

– Jim Scoggins, Yakima

Don’t like timing,
one-sided perspective

The timing of publication of Geoff Baker’s article on the Mariners (“Dysfunction at the top”, Dec.8) is questionable. Was it Geoff Baker’s intention to affect the signing of Robinson Cano and/or other free agents? This is the second time that Baker has written an extensive negative article regarding Jack Zduriencik. It seems that he has a goal to somehow get Zduriencik and the rest of upper management fired or forced out.

Certainly, there have been many mistakes made, but to use the words of fired or disgruntled former employees is one-sided, questionable and naive.

– Don Dorgan, Issaquah

Need a fresh
management team

Finally, someone had the courage to call it like it is.Thank you, Geoff Baker! The lack of top leadership in the Mariners organization has been evident for a long time. I was a holder of four season tickets for over 20 years and after witnessing one poor deal after another by Mariners upper management, I sadly gave up on them.

We need fresh management committed to fielding a competitive team.

– Charlie Weaver, Cle Elum

Building should
be condemned

Seems to be a classic case of diffidence and impotence that begins with the owner and drifts down one floor at a time. Third floor, Lincoln; second floor, Armstrong; and ground floor, Jack Z lurching around. This is a building fit to be condemned.

– Doug Thiel, Seattle


Petersen can take
UW to next level

I sure hope Husky football fans are fired up about the hiring of Chris Petersen, because by and large, it is a great hire. When he took over for Dan Hawkins at Boise State, no one thought he would be able to sustain the success. Well, he did that and more, making the Broncos a perennial powerhouse who beat some of the heavyweights in the college football world.

I can only imagine what he can do at Washington with the resources he now has at his disposal.

– Jeff Swanson, Everett

Good riddence
to Sark, Brewer

The article by Jerry Brewer (“Petersen:substance over style,” Dec. 8) again displays his arrogance. This is not the first column by him this past week where he advises Coach Petersen on how he should do his job. Brewer again laments Steve Sarkisian’s departure to California. My suggestion is for Brewer to buy a one-way ticket to California, and like Coach Sark, don’t let the door hit him in the butt on his way out.

– John Christensen, Edmonds


49ers remain
big roadblock

As a long time fan of the 49ers, I will readily concede the Seahawawks are the class of the NFC. I won’t concede they are the better team on the 49ers home field, though, as last week’s win showed.

The Seahawks will be tough to beat in the playoffs if they maintain home field, but I wouldn’t expect any game with the 49ers, regardless of venue, to go the way things went the first time around. The Seahawks are 10-1 against the NFL and 1-1 against the team I am proud to say should be regarded as your main rival potential roadblock in the playoffs.

– John Dillon, San Bruno, Calif.

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