Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
August 9, 2008 4:33 PM
Posted by Tom Wyrwich
Jim Riggleman didn't hold back today discussing Carlos Silva's comments after Friday night's loss. Beginning, "I'm very disappointed," the manager spoke at length the postgame tirade. Here's the transcript of what he had to say:
"I'm very disappointed. A couple things I read there really didn't make any sense. And certainly the writers never would have gotten anything wrong. I'm sure you guys got it just right, but it's just very strange to me.
"When I hear someone say something about selfish play, I always just say, You know what, I challenge anybody to go in there and look at the tape of every game from March 31 to the present time and show me an example of somebody being selfish, and I'd stand corrected if you could point it out. But if you're saying somebody's selfish, I've got to hear some specifics.
"More importantly, he shouldn't say it to the writers. He should say it to me, he should say it to teammates he's directing it at. The one thing he was talking about, not using ground balls to move the runner, we've done a great job of that. But again, anytime you're not successful at doing that, it's the intent that you have to question. And I know the intention has always been to do that, but sometimes you don't get the result. I know guys have always tried to do that, and sometimes you're not successful doing it. You don't intend to give up base hits and walks, but you give them up.
"It's just the wrong way to send a message. You don't do that in the paper; you do that internally.
"I admire him more for doing it when he's 4-13, to tell you the truth. If you're 13-4 and you're saying stuff, it's kind of like, 'I'm going good so I can say anything I want.' At least he's speaking his mind when he's struggling, so I admire him for that, but again, whether it's when you're struggling or when you're going good, you just don't do it publicly.
"The stuff that was said, to me (it) was so convoluted that I don't know who he's directing it at, I really don't. If he had spoke to me, I would know who he was directing it at, because I would say, What are you talking about. But until you give a specific example...
"I'm gonna talk to him and a couple other guys. And he's used the phrase, 'the starting pitchers,' like 'we as the starting pitchers, we're focused, but some other people aren't or something.' That's ridiculous.
"One of the things that happens is there's a lot of cliches in the game, and every team that I've ever seen that struggled, people will say they don't do the fundamentals, they don't bunt runners, they're not hitting behind the runner to move runners over, they don't do this, they don't do that. You hear enough of that, and you look at the numbers, and you find out you're right there where everybody else in baseball is in sacrifice bunts, advancing runners, and the fundamentals of the game.
"It's almost like these blanket statements are made, and the perceptions are because you're losing, you're doing these things wrong. What it really comes to is we, like most teams, we take care of the little things. It's big things. We're not hitting good enough and we're not pitching good enough. If somebody wants to hide behind, 'Oh, we made a baserunner mistake or we didn't move a runner over,' ... and use the word selfish, you can try to act like, 'That's the problem right there. That will make up those 30 games.' But, you know, you've got to hit better and you've got to pitch better.
"When you've got something to say, don't use the newspaper to say it."