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Don Wakamatsu is given a vote of confidence. How dreaded was it?

Aug 4, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

Personally, this one sounds pretty dreaded to me.

Let me see . . . I know I left my “dreaded” detector around here somewhere. While I’m looking for it, here are Jack Zduriencik’s comments about his manager:

“Don is our manager. Don and I, and his son went out to dinner last
night. We had a very nice evening, spent like three or four hours
together and talked about a lot of things. We talked where we’re
headed with the club, about Don and Don is our manager . . .
Everybody is evaluated at all times. As we go forward,
you have to realize there is always an evaluation process going
on at all times. You take a week at a time, a month at a time, a
season at a time with everyone.”

I’m putting that squarely in the “dreaded” territory. The tip-offs: the stating of the bleeding obvious (“Don is our manager”), references to an evaluation process. A nice distraction with reference to a dinner out. A dinner that, with Wakamatsu’s son in tow, couldn’t have exactly gotten too deep into will-Wakamatsu-be-fired territory or not.

If I had to wager some greenbacks on this thing I’d say that, based on this vote of confidence alone, Wakamatsu is dismissed this fall.

  1. Jonny5 - Aug 4, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Wakamole seems to be a very bad manager right now. He couldn’t win with what seemed like a very solid team before the season began. As a matter of fact, that team was projected as a major threat to the AL. Jack Z was GM/ Hero for building that team. Now they lay at the bottom of the standings with Wakamole and Chone Figgins tussling in the dugout. How nice….

  2. BC - Aug 4, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    This team should have been at least a .500 team. He obviously lost the team very quickly this year. He’s toast at the end of the year.

  3. easports82 - Aug 4, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    The team fell apart after Griffey’s unceremonious departure, which some blamed on Wak (Geoff Baker did a breakdown of W/L which should about 100 point drop after) though Griffey shouldn’t have been brought back to play a central role in the offense in the first place. Wak’s getting blamed for the M’s exceeding all expectations last year and being hailed as the team-to-beat this year when the front-office only offensive addition was Figgins.
    The organization needs consistency at the top and Wak should get year 3 to prove which of the first 2 years was an aberration. But, he won’t because it’s a knee-jerk atmosphere and someone has to take responsibility… and that, obviously, is not the players that have collectively sucked.

  4. willmose - Aug 4, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    I hope that Seattle’s owner is likewise evaluating Jack Z’s poor performance.

  5. mcsnide - Aug 4, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Unless Wakamatsu has some good hitters caged in a dungeon somewhere that he’s refusing to unleash, I don’t know how you could blame Seattle’s losing on him. Yes, they’re a fine defensive club, but you have to score runs to win. They’re last in the majors in most offensive categories. Think about that: 16 NL teams without the benefit of the DH are better at offense than Seattle.

  6. JBerardi - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Yeah, he totally “lost the team”. That, or Jack Z managed to assemble the worst offense in the majors. It’s definitely one of the two.

  7. muffcat - Aug 9, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    The Mariners haven’t been any good since Sweet Lou left. If they get any good people the trade them. The pitchers seem like they don’t have any pazazz and no one can hit a home run or even tries. They collect thier big pay and go on. Maybe the ought to quit finding players from Latin America, Japan etc. and concentrate on the good old USA. They wouldn’t need any translators so that would save them some $$$$ so they could hire better pitchers and hitters.

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