Mariner Castaways Outperform Those Who Remain
Is it ever too early to start bagging on the Seattle Mariners? Sure there is the final 3rd of the football season to go but when you read stuff like this you just have to pause…and rant a little. I received an email featuring this blog post from the Seattle Times. I can’t add much to it other than the things I couldn’t say on the radio anyway. Grit your teeth and check it out!
Posted by Jim Lockerbie
Jim Lockerbie is a longtime high-school history teacher and longtime Mariners fan who lives in Seattle.
The regular baseball season is over, and the Mariners hitters once again finished last in the major leagues in batting average (.234) and on-base percentage (.296).
It didn’t have to be that way. A group of former Mariners hitters did much better. In fact, it’s easy to pencil in a great lineup of ex-Mariners that could out-hit the current team no matter where you move the Safeco Field fences. Check these guys out, with 2012 statistics:
Yorvit Torrealba, catcher: 4 home runs, .227 batting average
Chris Gimenez, catcher: 4 HR, .260
Bryan LaHair, first base: 16 HR, .259
Adrian Beltre, third base: 36 HR, .321
Alex Rodriguez, third base/shortstop: 18 HR, .272
Greg Dobbs, utility: 5 HR, .285
Willie Bloomquist, utility: 0 HR, .302
Scott Podsednik, utility: 1 HR, .302
Mike Morse, left field: 18 HR, .291
Adam Jones, center field: 32 HR, .287
Shin Soo Choo, right field: 16 HR, .283
David Ortiz, DH: 23 HR, .318
Totals: 186 HR, .284
That’s right: These Mariners castoffs hit 186 home runs and batted .284 in 2012.
For these former Mariners, Seattle received Maros Carvahal, Eduardo Perez, Ryan Langerhans, Erik Bedard, Ben Broussard and Dave Hollins! Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln needs to come out of hiding and explain how his hires managed to make so many disastrous decisions.
The best deal for Mariners fans would be to put Mr. Lincoln on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.
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