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Jack Zduriencik is safe: Mariners "not thinking about changing the general manager at all"

Sep 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that general manager Jack Zduriencik will be back in 2011, which isn’t a surprise. In fact, given the praise heaped on him during Zduriencik’s first year on the job the surprising part is that his status is even in question near the end of Year 2.
Zduriencik made some very shrewd moves after being hired in October of 2008, and was quickly singled out as the next big thing in GMs. Too quickly, as it turned out. In his second year on the job Zduriencik went from turning everything he touched into gold to turning everything he touched into … well, Milton Bradley.
Bradley’s inept bat was far more of an issue than his personality, Cliff Lee’s time in Seattle lasted all of three months, Chone Figgins is having the worst season of his career after signing a $36 million deal as a free agent, the Mariners’ offense has been historically inept thanks to a combination of substandard production and Zduriencik’s failure to stockpile any lineup depth, and the front office has come under fire for their handling of the Josh Lueke situation.
Here’s how the GM described the Mariners’ mess of a season:

What I’ve said all along is that we are building this for the long haul, while attempting to stay as competitive as we can. We would all like to win now and are disappointed in how this season has gone, but you can never lose sight of the big picture. Our minor-league system had six of seven clubs in the playoffs, and two league champions. We’ve had two good drafts, we got back some very good pieces in trades. It was a tough year where we never got anything going. We needed a lot of things to go right, and it just didn’t happen.

Zduriencik looked like a genius last year and has looked pretty clueless this year, but as usual the truth is somewhere in between. He has a lot of work to do this offseason, but I still think the Mariners are in good hands long term, and if nothing else they’re certainly right not to panic and let him go because everything went wrong this season.

  1. JimmyY - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    “We needed a lot of things to go right, and it just didn’t happen.” This just in, if you’re depending on a lot of things to go right, then you’re hoping the odds are in your favor instead of making the odds work for you. Those are long odds so consequently if they don’t work you shouldn’t be surprised.

  2. Trevor B - Sep 28, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    In Z’s defense he traded Carlos Silva for Bradley. Nobody could have even guessed Silva would turn things around. Also, nobody would have guessed Chone Figgins would completely implode like he did.

    Yeah, Griffey was handled bad along with the scandle that followed the Cliff Lee trade.

    Z is by no means a good GM, but he’s being painted more negatively than he deserves.

  3. Paper Lions - Sep 28, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Vintage corporate approach. Give the employee (Manager) crap to work with and fire him when he fails, but don’t fire the suit that was responsible for the crap in the first place.

  4. sportsdrenched - Sep 28, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    as a Royals fan, I’ve heard that song and dance for years, and years, and years, and…….

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