Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
June 15, 2008 6:01 PM
Posted by Larry Stone
I intimated before the game that another loss would surely push the Mariners to the point where sweeping changes could be in store.
They lost another one, so will changes be coming? I honestly don't know. It's not easy predicting the mindset of CEO Howard Lincoln, and I've thought before that the axe would fall, and it didn't.
But I find it hard to believe that Lincoln is not at the breaking point after the M's were swept by a team that came in as the worst in the National League. He had to have heard the boos that filled the stadium when the last out of the M's 6-2 loss was made. This is a town that has extreme antipathy for their product. Management can't ignore that much longer.
The Mariners have hit some low points before, like losing an entire road trip to Detroit and New York, and getting swept by the Angels to end the last home stand. This is a new low point. As Jarrod Washburn said after the game, speaking with admirable frankness:
"It's been terrible. We find a different way to lose every night...we're just not good. We haven't shown any signs of turning it around. It's frustrating. It's embarrassing."
So now we'll wait and see if John McLaren survives, if Bill Bavasi survives, if Richie Sexson survives. It could get interesting.