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June 4, 2008 1:07 PM

McLaren: "This is not the way it's supposed to be."

Posted by Tom Wyrwich

A clearly worn-down John McLaren again put an onus on his players to improve play before this season goes from disastrous to catastrophic. Before today's series finale against Los Angeles, McLaren said players should start fearing their jobs:

"We might be a little complacent. Definitely the way we've been going about things, it hasn't been working. Addition by subtraction has worked, and I'm not saying we're at that point, but I'm sure ownsership's not happy putting $120 million dollars on the board and 17 games under .500. There should be some people knowing that we can't go on like this."

After yesterday's defensive lapses, McLaren had this to say:

"We are a better fielding club than this. We thought coming out of spring training we would be one of better fielding clubs in the american league, and it's actually worked out just the opposite. We're one of the worst.

"When you're trying to emphasize pitching and you're supposed to have good pitching and you're giving four outs an inning, it's not going to work."

He said there isn't a player in the clubhouse exempt from criticism right now, and he added, "I think we all need to take responsibility. Every one of us needs to revaluate where we are, where we need to go and how we get there, and we need to do it now. There is an urgency. This is not the way it's supposed to be."


1. Reggie Willits RF
2. Maicer Izturis SS
3. Howie Kendrick 2B
4. Garrett Anderson LF
5. Torii Hunter DH
6. Casey Kotchman 1B
7. Gary Matthews, Jr. CF
8. Mike Napoli C
9. Brandon Wood 3B

Jered Weaver RHP


1. Ichiro CF
2. Jose Lopez 2B
3. Raul Ibanez LF
4. Jose Vidro DH
5. Adrian Beltre 3B
6. Jeremy Reed RF
7. Richie Sexson 1B
8. Kenji Johjima C
9. Yuniesky Betancourt SS

Carlos Silva RHP

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