Hopefully, after the Mariners started losing a bunch of games, you stopped holding out hope for the 2013 version of the team in its early-April form. If you haven’t jumped off of that sinking ship, I’m happy to say there’s a brand spankin’ new bandwagon over here. We’re all holding on for dear life on this bucket ride to Hell!
I don’t need to tell you that Brendan Ryan sucks at hitting. He’s as bad a hitter as he is good at fielding. Since he’s the best at fielding, obviously means that he’s the worst at hitting. Actually, that’s probably not that far from the truth.
Remember those grab-bags you’d get upon leaving the Puyallup Fair as a kid? Full of cheap plastic toys, a bottle of bubbles, maybe a noise-maker or something. Yeah, they were terrible. Well, every year, right around this time, we find a Mariners team bereft of success at the Major League level, reaching into its grab-bag of prospects down in Tacoma to try to bolster – if nothing else – fan interest. Smoak and Ackley and Seager and Liddi and Peguero and Robinson and Thames and Tuiasosopo and now guys like Franklin and Zunino and Triunfel and Miller. More often than not, what we pluck from the grab-bag is a little piece of shit toy we’re either going to break or throw away in short order, because they’re dumb or we get bored with them. Every year, we churn through prospects like we’re grating a block of cheese. Why should 2013 be any different?
There are arguments for all sides. You’re rushing guys, you need to stop doing that! Well, what does it mean to “rush” someone? Everyone develops at their own pace. And so on and so forth. At this point, I’m willing to treat MLB prospects like they’re just one giant Meat Market. It’s a numbers game, bitch! Ask a hundred prospects for their digits and you’re bound to get 9 or 10 to say yes!
So far, the Mariners have succeeded in finding one home-grown guy: Seager. He, seemingly, was rushed up to the Bigs. Thus far, through 28 games, we think we have a second success story in Nick Franklin. He, seemingly, was given ample time to develop in the minors.
That’s it. Two guys, MAYBE. I mean, seriously Mariners, what are you using as pick-up lines? It’s a numbers game at the Meat Market and you are getting SLAUGHTERED!
Christ, do I think Brad Miller will be worth a damn? Who the fuck knows? He can’t be any worse than Brendan Ryan … except he can, and if his being in the Mariners’ organization is any indication, he probably will.
This team is in a total free-fall right now. It’s painful to watch, but then again, it’s starting to get exciting again. And, if Miller and Zunino can figure their shit out over the next year and a half, we could have one fantastic infield (plus Justin Smoak) by 2015! Which says nothing of the outfield. Or the rotation (outside of Felix). Or the bullpen.
If you didn’t slit your wrists at the probability of one and a half more years of mediocre-to-bad baseball, then congratulations! You’re as numb and dead inside as the rest of us.
Oh yes, Georgie, they float. They all float down here. And when you’re down here, you’ll float too …