The Mariners released Richie Sexson on Thursday, cutting ties with a former star who couldn't find his stroke the last two seasons.
The Seattle Mariners on Monday afternoon fired their embattled general manager, Bill Bavasi. Bavasi took over a promising franchise at the end of the 2003 season, but made a plethora of poor baseball-related decisions that have crippled the organization. The Mariners' dismal showing over first few months and poor record proved to be the last straw, though.
The good news for the Mariners is that catcher Kenji Johjima and first baseman Richie Sexson returned to the lineup Thursday. The bad news is that neither one is completely healthy. The worse news is that they aren't alone.
The Mariners made it halfway through their season in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Kansas City. And in those 81 games, the Mariners have put pitcher after pitcher after pitcher on the disabled list.
The first real task for new manager John McLaren is not getting his first win. It's going to be making out the starting lineup. The Mariners went into Tuesday without first baseman Richie Sexson available after he took a line drove off his right thumb. He's expected to miss a few more days.
If it sounds like we are jumping the gun on voting for team awards for the 2005 Mariners - we are. The sooner we give out post-regular season awards, the sooner we can think about 2006.
September 26, 2005