Monday, June 16, 2008
One Down, One to Go
Bill Bavasi, architect of the worst team in baseball, has been fired. For the immediate future it offers little comfort to Mariners fans. This sad sack of a franchise is still going to struggle this season, possibly losing over a hundred games with a payroll excess of $110 million.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps, just maybe, ownership will wise up for once and a hire a strong baseball mind. The name most M's fans will clamor for is Chris Antonetti? Who is Chris Antonetti. He is Assistant GM of the Cleveland Indians as well as among the smarter and most coveted GM candidates in baseball. Over the last several years Boston, St. Louis and Pittsburgh have all seriously considered him to run their respective ballclubs.
Chris has learned from Mark Shapiro and baseball people rave about Antonetti's people skills and statistical savvy. He's the right guy for Seattle. U.S.S. Mariner says it best: Chris Antonetti for Mariners GM NOW
UPDATE: 6/17/08: A great read on who Chris is and what he represents.