The Seattle Mariners have not been to the playoffs in 10 years and counting. Former GM Bill Bavasi was a complete bust as he gave away some of the Mariners best young talent.
For example, in 2007 he traded a young shortstop named Asdrubal Cabrera to the Cleveland Indians for an aging and not-very-good Eduardo Perez. Then, the “no clue” Bavasi gave away a great looking young Korean player named Shin Soo Choo to the Clevelan Indians..again! What did
the Mariners get in return for Choo? Ben Broussard! a complete bust!
What was up with Bavasi giving away players to the lowly Cleveland Indians? Did Cleveland GM Mark Shapiro know about a dark secret that bill Bavasi was hiding? It sure looked that way.
Now let’s fast forward if we dare! Eduardo Perez did NOTHING for the Mariners and is now out of baseball. Up until a few weeks ago, Perez was an analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. I believe now he is the hitting coach for the Florida Marlins. What a joke!
And whatever happened to good old Ben Broussard? Well, turns out, he is a better guitar player than a baseball player. He too is out of baseball and he also didn’t do squat for the Seattle Mariners. Thanks Bill Bavasi, you
And what ever happened to the two young stars that Bavasi handed over to Cleveland? Well, Cabrera is a future all-star now and is a highlight machine all over ESPN now and Choo had a nice year in 2010. He is struggling a bit in 2011 but still a really good hitter.
Now on to the current Seattle Mariners situation. No more bill Bavasi! Good, right? Well, yes and no. The Mariners do have a new GM in Jack Zduriencik who looks like a rocket scientist compared to bonehead Bavasi. But, there is one player that is making Zduriencik’s GM life a living hell right now and his name is Chone Figgins.
Zduriencik and the Mariners signed this bust player to a four year contract worth $36 Million Dollars. And what do the Mariners get in return? In 2010, Chone Figgins hit a measly .259. Remember, Figgins was a near .300 hitter in his time with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, or whatever they call themselves now. That’s what Zduriencik and the M’s were counting on and that’s why they paid him a ton of cash. Because he was a .300 hitter that got on base a lot.
Now let’s fast forward to the 2011 baseball season. Folks, Chone Figgins may be the worst player in Major League baseball right now! He is hitting a microscopic .193 through 63 games and is whiffing so much at the plate that he is providing air conditioning for the fans at Safeco Field. He is NOT getting on base and he hits the weakest little ground balls that you will ever see.
It has gotten so bad for Chone Figgins in Seattle that the Safeco field faithful are booing him every time he makes an out. And that is a lot of booing so far! In fact, Mariners fans have created a “Get rid of Chone Figgins” thread on the ESPN message boards, which you can take a peak at here! Figgins can’t hit, he can’t field! A total BUST in every sense! Awful! This bum is completely worthless!!! And the worst part is that the Mariners and their fans are stuck with this loser for another two and a half seasons.
Meanwhile, lets look at a few other “former” Mariners and see how they are doing now. Last season (2010), the M’s had a first baseman named Casey Kotchman. Kotchman had no clue at what to do at the plate. In 125 games, Kotchman batted a putrid .217 for the Mariners. Now, 2011, kotchman is playing for the Tampa Bay Rays and guess what?! He is batting .339 through 59 games. A miracle. He gets out f Seattle and he starts to hit again!! amazing!
Let’s take a look at another former Mariner, Adrian Beltre. Now, I won’t completely bash him because he did have some “good” years in Seattle
and played great defense at third base. But, in my opinion as well as others, Beltre never lived up to the money he was paid in his Seattle Mariners career. In Beltre’s last season with the M’s in 2009, he hit .265 and only hit 8 homers with 44 RBI. So, the Mariners decided to let Beltre go and test the free agent market. He ends up signing a one year deal with the Boston Red Sox. And what does Adrian Beltre do in his one year as the Red Sox third baseman?
In 2010, Adrian Beltre goes out and hits .321 with 28 homers and 102 RBI. He also lead the American League in doubles with 49. Now I know that Fenway Park is a hitters park compared to safeco Field, but come on, where was that bat when Beltre was in Seattle? He is now playing in Texas with the Rangers and is having another solid season in 2011. Through 75 games, Beltre is batting .262 which isn’t great, but he has 12 homers and 58 RBI. His 12 homers so far this season is more than he hit as a Mariner in the entire 2009 season. Thanks Beltre!
I swear the Seattle Mariners are a cursed ballclub. The end!