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Mariners bench .143-hitting Brendan Ryan for .163-hitting Robert Andino

Apr 24, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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Brendan Ryan is a great defensive shortstop, but he’s hitting .143 this season after hitting .194 last year and the Mariners have decided to bench him.

Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that Robert Andino will take over as the starting shortstop, with Ryan shifting into a utility man role. Of course, Andino is hitting just .163 this season and is a career .233 hitter with a .615 OPS that’s actually lower than Ryan’s career .626 mark.

Andino also hasn’t played shortstop regularly in a while, starting more than 25 games there for the last time back in 2009, and will almost surely be a sizable downgrade from Ryan. Seattle has a lot bigger problems offensively than which light-hitting shortstop plays most, but manager Eric Wedge obviously feels like he has to do something.

  1. aceshigh11 - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Well, he DOES have a better average.

    Heh.

  2. digbysellers - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I’m certainly no MLB manager (you know, like Bobby Valentine!) but if you’ve got 2 fellas not even hitting their weight why wouldn’t you just keep the guy who can play d a bit at least? Wedge isn’t making any sense with this one.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    “Obviously Taylor’s thinking…. I don’t know WHAT the hell he’s thinking…”

  4. mazblast - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    What they’re doing isn’t working, but some of you are suggesting that sticking with it is better than trying something else. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, then you are suggesting that madness is better than the unknown.

    Heck, Wedge, give it a try. You can always change back if the results are worse, and who knows, it may work.

  5. seahonky - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    The Mainers are the worse team in baseball. They’re even worse than last year. I’d rather slit my wrists than watch this pathetic team

  6. seattlenative57 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Instead of promoting Carlos Peguero, they should bring up Triunfel until he fails at shortstop. Then promote Franklin from AAA. This team has a roster dysfunction due to its bizarre makeup which includes Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay. There are no better replacements on the MLB roster. They’re all at AAA, if anywhere. So Andino replaces Ryan and the team plays worse … I wonder why? Don’t even mention the pitching. This team is a shipwreck.

  7. denny65 - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Ryan’s fielding is a bit suspect this year, too, in addition to his normally poor hitting. He’s on pace to commit 18-20 errors (well, if he plays regularly again, not a certainty at all), and he’s just not getting to the ground balls hit to either his left or right; many are getting through for hits.

    Triunfel and Franklin are lookin’ good at AAA Tacoma and deserve the chance to show what they can do. With the Mariners in the nose-dive they are, bringing up the youngsters this early in the season sure can’t hurt.

    Agree with other posters above: the Mariners are a shipwreck. For the life of me (and many Ms fans) I can’t figure out why Jack Z (GM) lets Wells and Mike Carp go, and traded for/kept Bay and Ibanez. Stupid, stupid, stupid move. Did I mention stupid?

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