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Tony Blengino says recent report on Seattle front office is “just the tip of the iceberg”

Dec 8, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

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Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times caused a bit of a stir after publishing a scathing takedown of the culture within the Mariners’ front office, quoting various former employees. Among them were ex-manager Eric Wedge and former special assistant to the GM Tony Blengino.

In the report, Baker writes that Blengino prepared a job application package for then-GM-hopeful Jack Zduriencik painting the man as a “dual threat” capable of utilizing both scouting and statistical analysis. Blengino, however, told Baker: “Jack never has understood one iota about statistical analysis. To this day, he evaluates hitters by homers, RBI and batting average and pitchers by wins and ERA.” According to Baker’s article, Zduriencik reduced Blengino’s role within the organization more and more before ultimately getting rid of him back in August. “Jack tried to destroy me,” Blengino said.

Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio recently tweeted this, adding yet more intrigue:

If misleading resumes, bitter office politics, and a complete lack of organizational direction and leadership are “just the tip of the iceberg”, one has to wonder what lies beneath the surface.

Update: Benny Heis from MLB Network Radio linked me to the audio of Blengino’s interview on Twitter. Click here to listen to it.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    “Hey man, I got some really juicy baseball news for you. You aren’t even going to believe it. This is totally insider and AMAZING….”
    “Oh my god, I can’t wait….who is it about?!”
    “The Mariners!”
    “Oh….Well….Ok, I guess you can still tell me…but make it quick.”

    • kruegere - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      You are probably a Red Sox or Yankees fan.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:50 PM


      • asimonetti88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        So… despite what ESPN may tell you, there are people who care about teams other than the ones in Boston and New York.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        ESPN is still on?

  2. djeg07 - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    They all did dope after a loss last many dont remember how many times!

  3. hittfamily - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Kind of weird for the brother of a GM to be breaking news casting another GM in a terrible light. Maybe one day NBC will let that Bush twin ask her father a few questions, rather than just getting a 5 minute segment every day to talk about puppies, kittens, and the best fashion trends for people on a budget.

    • Old Gator - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Yeah, especially considering that they’re on a budget because her dad tanked the economy with his ruinous wars of lies and corruption.

      • hittfamily - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        See! I’d rather have Jenna ask about why Cheney outed Valerie Plame, and if he should be tried for treason. Or why Medicare part D wasn’t socialist, but affordable health care is? Or why Iraq doesn’t have WMD’s? Or why Wall Street regulation was allowed to be so nonexistant that a handful of banks collapsed the world’s economy?

        But I also need to know how to recreate Kim Kardashian’s look for under $500.

      • bigharold - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        I’d rather Jenna asked why her Dad allowed a draft dodger to be his VP. Why the same guy that doesn’t think twice about sending some other parent’s kid in harms way couldn’t be bothered when it was his turn yet it’s OK to be on the ticket.

        That’s the question I want her to ask, … that and “ to recreate Kim Kardashian’s look for under $500.”

      • gloccamorra - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        Cheney outed Valerie Plame? I didn’t know she was gay. How did Cheney find out?

      • gloccamorra - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Wow! I got 23 thumbs down for a joke. Did any of you know that Valerie Plame wasn’t “outed”? The late Robert Novak produced a 1999 edition of Who’s Who that listed Valerie as a CIA analyst. The entry was submitted by Valerie’s husband. She wasn’t a spook, just a civil service analyst, but the press seems to have left that out.

  4. cackalackyank - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Is there a way to tag these stories and direct them to the people that are convinced that the M’s are really about to double their payroll over anything they have spent in the last 13 years?

    • clydeserra - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      they probably will

  5. sandrafluke2012 - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I remember when they threw Griffey under the bus. Probably cause he was black

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      A grown man posing as the female arch-nemesis of Rush Limbaugh makes racially insensitive remarks on a baseball blog.

      Film at 11.

    • alexo0 - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      I heard he fell asleep under it.

  6. hittfamily - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    How bout you jerks stop posting these stories until after the Rays have acquired Walker, Paxton, and Seager.

  7. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:12 PM


  8. facebookuser111 - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Let it be known that Geoff Baker is not a Mariner fan and loves to rile up Mariner fans by saying he wont vote for Edgar Martinez EVERY year he has been eligible. Geoff Baker hates the Mariners and just lost his job as Mariner beat writer.

    Basically, Mariner fans already hate Baker so he may as well burn every bridge he can.

    • clydeserra - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      and blengino?

    • DJ MC - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Interesting, since he always seems to write interesting stories and break real news. A lot of beat writers can’t do that.

      There’s probably a lesson in there somewhere about allowing yourself to get too close to a team.

    • yahmule - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      And super scout Bob Engle?

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Yes, he hates the Mariners. That’s why he spent 7 years covering them. So he could be miserable all the time.

      • sw19womble - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:29 AM

        Maybe he hates the Mariners _because_ he had to spend 7 precious years of his life covering them? 😉

  9. baseballisboring - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Good for Blengino for putting his name behind all this stuff. I’ll say it makes it look a LOT more credible…you can find denigrating ANONYMOUS quotes about anyone, ever.

  10. keltictim - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Ok so first this is a baseball site not politics right? Ok so to answer just done of the bs, Jenna is not a journalist and they don’t portray her as one she does human interest pieces that’s it. Second Iraq did have WMDs, they just weren’t nukes they had chemical weapons, just as bad. Not one country or intelligence service questioned the intel saying saddam had nukes. Fortunately he didn’t. He was an evil man who killed his own people because they followed a different brand of Islam or talked crap about it. He had to go, however I think everyone can agree the after plan should have been better nobody is denying that. As far as ms fluke goes, sorry id rather not subsidize peoples condoms call me old fashioned but I believe people should be responsible for their own actions, which included paying for their own rubbers if they wanna have sex and not have kids. And to the racist guy, your a moron. How does that comment even pass the screeners. To the rest take off the angry glasses and look at facts George W did some things wrong, but he also did a lot of things right. Just like every president.

    • yahmule - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      You’re a regular blank slate, aren’t you?

    • hittfamily - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      First off, like everything you wrote is factually incorrect. There were no nukes. We knew this ahead of time. If we thought they had nukes, it would have been a whole nother war. They had no chemical weapons, which, along with nukes, are commonly called WMDs..

      Secondly, if we get to pick and choose what our tax money goes to…fine. You don’t have to pay for condoms. But I don’t want to pay for needless wars, enforcing marijuana laws, subsidies for big oil, farm subsidies, religious subsidies… I’m also tired of manufacturing pennies.

      Call me old fashioned, but if you want to peddle bibles, you can pay taxes for your megachurches and jets and tv infomercials and for profit schools and pastor salaries. And stop accepting so my federal grants for hospitals. If you want to chop off foreskins, do it on your own dime.

      • clydeserra - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:45 AM

        sandra fluke was commenting about birth control pills to aid a friend, but not for contraception, for menstrual pain. Which is a medical condition. So her testimony was to show the all male panel that there are medical reason apart from the moral police reasons to allow insurers to provide birth control.

    • bigharold - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      “Ok so first this is a baseball site not politics right?”

      The short answer, .. depends.

      “Second Iraq did have WMDs, they just weren’t nukes they had chemical weapons, just as bad.”

      His chemical weapons, as such, was obsolete and no threat. Chemical weapons was never the basis for going into Iraq as evidenced by the saber rattling remark “..mushroom cloud over an American city.. “, that Cheney repeated to everyone that would stand still long enough. Not a single American, other than Dick Cheney, would have gone into Iraq over chemical weapons but mention Iraq and nukes, .. after September 11th, .. they got just enough people to believe. Saber rattlings finest effort.

      “Not one country or intelligence service questioned the intel saying saddam had nukes.”

      BS. One of Administrations key pieces of evidence, .. the so called yellow cake uranium, .. the British already had told us it was false before W mentioned it in the State of The Union address.

      (Sadam), .. He had to go,..”. Says who? Why do we care and exactly when did that become solely America’s responsibility? We kicked his ass in 91 he wasn’t going to screw with us anytime soon. In the end the sanctions were keeping him in check and he was a good counter balance to Iran as they hated each others guts. Are you suggesting America draw up a list of every petty tyrant in the world that has to go? Do we get them all at once or do we methodically knock’em off one at a time?

      ” As far as ms fluke goes, sorry id rather not subsidize peoples condoms…George W did some things wrong, but he also did a lot of things right. Just like every president.”

      Now I’ve got to ask is this your baseball site or politics site? As long as we’re talking about politics, I think it’s the other way around, .. W did a few things right and a whole bunch of stuff wrong. First and foremost starting a war in Iraq, ..and not merely for the poor “after plan” but for the specious and deceitful reasoning that got us there in the first place. Your worrying about paying for other people’s condoms, .. I’m worried about the trillion plus bucks me, my kids and my kids kids will have to pay for that completely useless war.

    • thepoolshark - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      @ keltictim

      I just love your quote: ” And to the racist guy, your a moron”

      Someone who doesn’t know the difference between ‘Your’ and ‘you’re’ , calling ANYBODY a moron?

      Makes me ROFLMFAO.

      Keep up the good work, pal. But face it. “YOU’RE” a moron, no matter the mental condition of anybody else.

      • hittfamily - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        Your living in a doggy dog world and you just can’t take that for granite.

  11. keltictim - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Actually I’m not religious but thanks for asking. And they found 3 caches if sarin gas. Everyone I repeat every country we partner with (even Russia) said he had yellow cake uranium or was actively trying to get more. Idk about Cheney being a draft dodger but I remember Clinton admitting it. And not paying for rubbers was part of the argument against the affordable care act or obamacare if you will. All those other things your crying about paying taxes on are already laws or get voted on as needed like wars. That situation wasn’t law yet hence the committee hearing on it. I’m not a “conservative” or a ” liberal” I like done aspects of both sides but partisan name calling and hate gets us no where fast. Like making fun of mega churches and religious people. Compromise is not a dirty word I promise.

    • bigharold - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      “Everyone I repeat every country we partner with (even Russia) said he had yellow cake uranium or was actively trying to get more.”

      That’s absolutely wrong. You are either exaggerating or you are misinformed. And, before W made the remark alluding to it in the State of The Union the British had already shot that down.

    • hittfamily - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      Dude. If they found ANYTHING, Cheeeeny would have teabagged every reporter on live TV. Around the time it became “Operation Freedom”, was about the time they had to admit it wasn’t “Operation We Saved America”

  12. eagles512 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Those on here ripping Bush should open their eyes and realize that the current president is proving to be the worst president in 100 years.

    • Reflex - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Oddly enough I consider him to be the best president we’ve had in decades. Bush is probably the worst. I’m not sure who I would consider the second worst to be, its easy to say Nixon but a lot of good came out of that paranoid nut’s presidency too…

      • yahmule - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:27 AM

        Reagan. No question. PT Barnum didn’t have anything on him.

      • hittfamily - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:38 AM

        Reagan. We added a trillion to the debt so that the Soviets would run out of bread a month earlier than they otherwise would have. Plus, he gave Pat Robertson a podium.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        Hoover is always the worst. Bushie is #2.

    • marionleam - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Definitely agree that he’s the worst president in 100 years. The first six months (but not the rest) of that Woodrow Wilson presidency is, indeed, the only presidential timespan worse than the last few years. Damn you, Woodrow Wilson!!!

    • retief1954 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Republicans not long ago touted Sarah Palin as fit for national office, next in line for the Presidency. And no, they WEREN’T kidding us. Y’all will NEVER live THAT one down. Thanks John McCain for making her into America’s persistent, weeping rash that just won’t go away.

  13. fearthehoody - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Amazing that these Bush haters will hate on him no matter what. Yet give them facts and tell them nearly 65% disapprove of Obama’s work in office, and they fight tooth and nail about how that does not matter. Go figure!

  14. yanmontreal - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Go expos

  15. keltictim - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Thanks pool shark. Heaven forbid sometimes I don’t use the proper contraction of you and are. But that being said your a d b a g. Did I spell that right?

  16. keltictim - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    And even with one war “over” and the other at a significantly smaller operational budget now the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania ave spends like a drunk college kid with mommy and daddy’s credit card so yes our kids kids are beyond screwed. I’ll take a president that does what he says he’s gonna do versus drawing a red line then taking white out to said line. Or not knowing about any controversy till it’s in the papers.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      Deficit’s dropping at an almost unsafe rate, big guy.

  17. bigharold - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    ” I’ll take a president that does what he says he’s gonna do versus ….

    You mean like W? The guy that put a price on Bin Laden’s head, .. “Dead or Alive” then stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier in front of a sign reading: “Mission Accomplished”? And, in fact Bin Laden was still out there.

    That kind of “..does what he says..” President?

    • hittfamily - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      No, I think he means the kind who makes the blunder of going before a joint session of congress, while the world is still weeping with us, and declares “You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists”, thus redrawing lines almost immediately after they had been erased. eek.

  18. keltictim - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Bin laden and mission accomplished are to separate things. Mission accomplished referred to the end of major combat operations in Iraq. W. Didn’t hang that banner some genius in his administration did. Listen to his speech he never says those words. Easy on the revisionist history. To the gentleman that thinks out deficit is dropping at a “unsafe rate” have you seen the national debt clock? Our defect grows every year by leaps and bounds. Arguing with ideologues is like trying to get a pot head to admit weed is addictive, not gonna happen.

    • bigharold - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      ” Arguing with ideologues is like..’

      Yeah, .. right back at you.

      You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

    • hittfamily - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Hey buddy. Earlier you said that you are not a conservative or liberal. Why the hate for Obama, and the love for Bush. In fact, it’s like I’m debating Glenn Beck. Are you a liar, or do you just not know the difference between conservative and liberal?

  19. eagles512 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Obama is the best president in decades? Dear God I hope whoever said that is locked up in a loony bin somewhere. He’s been a complete disaster and when he’s not blaming Bush, he’s pleading ignorance to the mistakes he continues to make. Complete and utter disaster. Even my liberal friends are done with him.

    • hittfamily - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Why is the right so hung up on 3 diplomats? I mean, Dick Cheney works at Fox. You can interview him anytime. Donald Rumsfeld was on a book tour last month. Condy Rice is working for the NCAA. Why does Clinton get subpoenaed over 1 diplomat and his security deatail, but none of those are subpoenaed over 6000 dead American’s, 500,000 dead Iraqis 2 trillion spent on the war,

      Seriously? The Bush cabinet spent months planning that war out. The Obama administration reacted incorrectly to a terrorist attack against 3 people that took 4 hours from start to finish. The false outrage by your leaders is really obvious.

  20. keltictim - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    You suffer from BDS Bush Derangement Syndrome. You hate him and Cheney so much you won’t let little things like facts. get in your way. A lot of people on the right suffer from ODS. It’s gonna be ok, take some deep breaths remove head from orifice and get on with your life.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Torture is a fact. Guantanamo Bay is a fact. 21 Saudis and not one Iraqi are facts. There are so many facts that should be brought up against these guys at the Hague.

      Maybe with all of Cheney’s hearts, he’ll live long enough to see some justice.

  21. keltictim - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Oh I get it! If you like you’re facts, you can keep them!

    • wlubake - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Everyone on here keeps claiming that they have the facts, and the other side doesn’t. This is an easy dispute to settle. Cite the facts upon which you rely. Find a source, and point us to it.

  22. rublestiltzkin - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Arguing with ideologues is like trying to get a pot head to admit weed is addictive, not gonna happen.

    Now, why did you have to go ahead and rope us pot heads into this dumpster fire of misinformation? All of your previous statements have been both laughable and smacked down like spud Webb trying to score on dikembe mutombo. (there’s a bit of sports) but now you got a problem so petty, you cant even go after it head on? You gotta make a tasteless joke, tongue and cheek. Pot is not the addictive monster you are so effortlessly trying to make it seem to be. Unless, of course, you are simply a weak individual. But said weak individuals were gonna get hooked on whatever they took an interest in anyway, like, coming off as an arrogant, undereducated, misinformed, moron with an ugly agenda seems to be your vice. Should we label CNN or fox news channel as addictive powers? Leave pot heads alone, matter of fact, leave everyone alone. We’re doing fine without ya.

  23. ddmcd1974 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Just wait till they have to stop QE then people will really dislike Obama. It’s the only thing holding up his presidency.

  24. keltictim - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    When both sides claim to have facts what are you supposed to do. And at the beginning of my posts I talked about compromise and disliking aspects of both sides of the political spectrum. Bottom line this stuff happened how many years ago? And to the doper crying cause I made fun of pot heads, well there’s no crying in baseball son. The thing that gets me is liberals scream about being inclusive, unless you disagree with them, then your a jack wagon who must be shouted down at all costs. Breathe fellas. None of our opinions or facts matter, we don’t make foreign policy, or influence congressman. I build houses nobody in Washington or even my home state gives a rats anus what I or you think. The Yankees stink life ain’t perfect and the world will keep spinning around a giant ball of fire. Now give me your address so I can send you a gift basket.

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