If you are Seattle Mariners Fan, this year brings smiles and frowns.
The smiles are for such wins as this past Thursday against the San Diego Padres. The Mariners unleashed a bash of home runs and Nick Franklin’s two, were exhilarating.
But I often wonder how the head office makes so many errors in their trades?
Jack Zduriencik, the current general manager, has flubbed several times. The worst trade was with Doug Fister, who was a good pitcher with the M’s. Why he thought better of getting Caspar Wells, Charlie Furbush and two others who are history, is beyond me.
Then in February, he trades Mike Carp to Boston for a player to be named later. Trading a first baseman/outfielder for some nobody in Boston’s minor league is poor judgment. Carp is batting nearly .300 and a real asset for manager John Farrell.
Rather than to berate the front office anymore, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that faux pas will not return. Jack Z. does get an A-plus for bringing Kendrys Morales and Endy Chavez onboard.
Chuck Armstrong, the COO of the M’s is even more at fault of past errors. How Armstrong let Adam Jones go for Eric Bedard under the tutelage of Bill Bavasi is another glaring piece of stupidity.
I guess it is hard to be a GM and COO, especially when owner Hiroshi Yamauchi has never been to a Mariner game. What would you think of Donald Trump never going into his hotel or Howard Schultz refusing a Starbucks?
Second-guessing is always easy, but Chuck, Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera? Armstrong is educated as an engineer and attorney. Why is he even COO of the Seattle Mariners?