Have you read this investigative report on the Mariners front office yet? If not, then circle back to this newsletter after you do. it’s scathing and brings into question the qualifications of Jack Zduriencik, as well other upper management craziness.
I thoroughly enjoyed the piece and hope it’s not overshadowed by the signings of the last few days and rumors of a David Price trade. It’s just too good to be ignored.
From the, “In Jack We Trust” T-Shirts to #6 org. banter, all of the great advanced statistical work which was supposed to be happening there was apparently bullshit.
I remember sitting with a Mariners scout over a couple of games who I’d met in Savannah previously. After catching up with a little small talk about our families, we began discussing the Jack Z. regime.
For a couple of hours, he discussed the Mariners bloggers who focused on advanced statistics as completely out of touch with what was actually happening within the organization.
As a specific example, he mentioned the 101-loss, 2010 team and all of the pieces written in spring training about how this team had been built for “them.” The 2010 Mariners were the petri dish — a shining example of the communities brilliance at work.
The scout admitted to becoming so frustrated with the nonsense, he even posted to the comments area about how misguided the line of thought was.
Then, the bottom fell out. The stats guy was apparently marginalized as “the stats guy” and Jack Z. became more focused on 5×5 fantasy categories than winning baseball games.
Don’t get me wrong. It sounds like Jack Z. is out of his flipping mind. I’ve had bosses like him and it’s the worst possible environment to work in. Unfortunately, many in leadership positions feel threatened by ideas and want employees to do, not think.
It’s just the rest of the piece focuses on issues within the scouting department — especially the Josh Lueke situation. The stats guy wasn’t the only person screwed.
Through the piece, I gained a new respect for Eric Wedge and hope he receives another managerial opportunity soon. During the season, reports of his outbursts seemed comical given the team was so bad. If Wedge was protecting the players and standing up to poor leadership, then kudos to him.
Use this as a reminder the average baseball reader/writer knows very little about the inner workings of an organization. The stats, depth charts and research may point to what’s supposed to be an obvious answer, but the truth may be much different. In the midst of the Robinson Cano signing and David Price rumors, excitement should abound in Seattle. However, this piece will have Mariners fans suspect of every move.
4 Feb 2014 / Mike Newman /
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