Monday, August 06, 2012

Mariners Against the Ropes

It is a rough year to be a Seattle Mariners fan. Then again, it has been a tough decade to be a Mariners fan.

In the past 12 years, the team has had 5 winning seasons and has not won their division since 2001 and they are on track for another losing season this year winning only 51 of the 110 games they have played so far this season.

How can a team from such a great city be so consistently ineffective? This can only be attributed to front office. The decisions made by the management and owners of the team have, time and time again, been detrimental to the success of this club. They have made poor spending decisions on rookies that don’t pan out. They have allowed talented players to go to other teams due to financial reasons.  And now, one of the most recent nails in the coffin, they have traded away one of their most beloved players to a team that most Mariner fans consider the ultimate enemy. This action has almost certainly been damaging to the team’s morale.

In fact, if you ask me, and I’m sure many of you are not, there is really only one player with any real talent on the team. And I’m sure he will be gone in the next few years due to continued poor decisions on the part of the front office.

Seattle is one of the greatest cities in the world. SafeCo Field is one of the best, if not the best, baseball stadiums in the league. It is an insult to the city and to its fans that this team should perform so poorly.

But, despite all that, this team has some of the best fans in baseball. They are the exact antonym of the term fair-weather fan. They support their team through thick and thin. Attendance at their games has not dropped significantly one bit over the years. Revenues from Mariner merchandise continue to soar. The fact that they continue to lose, year over year, does not affect the loyalty of their fans in the least.

Although this team’s fans continue to support their team, they would love to see them become a winning franchise again but the only way this is going to happen is to have a front office that genuinely wants to see the team as a competitive organization and takes the appropriate action to build a winning sports institution.

In a manner of speaking, in the boxing ring of baseball, the Seattle Mariners are on the ropes and unless something is done to get them back in the match, they will be down for the count.

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