The Real Reasons Why Hargrove Was Retained
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on September 29, 2006
There are three or four REAL reasons why the Seattle Mariners decided to bring back Mike Hargrove for the 2007 season, none of which they addressed in their letter to season ticket holders.
They claim he’s good with young players, but anyone smarter than a tube of glue knows that is not true. They also allude to Hargrove’s ability to make good in-game decisions, though they never actually said those exact words. Instead, they say he’s shown the ability to keep his roster focused and playing hard.
Neither is true, however, and the beat goes on with the Mariners suits again lying to the people that fill their money clips with green paper.
Mike Hargrove was retained because the M’s do not want to write a $2 million check to the skipper for sitting at home and watching baseball on ESPN next season.
The dunce was brought back for the final year of his contract because they believe that firing him and hiring a new manager, no matter who that ultimately would have been, tells the fan base that they are, once again, starting over, thus negatively effecting the attendance – which is the key to their entire dirty lives.
The worst M’s manager to get three years to screw things up was kept on board because… well, simply because the suits are stupid, and they think all of us are idiots, too.
“Look at all these people paying all that money for tickets, parking, concessions and souvenirs to see our invention. What a bunch of cattle,” says Howard Lincoln, I’m sure.
Chuck and Howie don’t get it, we already knew that. But since we are stuck as observers, we have to take what they give us. But we sure don’t have to take it lying down.
Hargrove will manage the club in 2007, at least until they sink to the cellar in mid-May, so instead of ridiculing further, I’ll leave the subject alone and concentrate on roster construction…
But not without a parting shot.
I called for Mike Hargrove’s head last winter. I did it again in April, and yet again in July, August and September. But if this club pinches pennies this winter and doesn’t put a winner on the field in 2007, the heads I’ll be calling for aggressively won’t be limited to Mike Hargrove and Bill Bavasi.
It’s about time Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln are held accountable for the wretched job they have done over the past four+ years.
Don’t get too comfortable in your $1000 office chairs, fellas. Your day is coming, too, and I guarantee you it won’t be fun. Well, it’ll be damned entertaining for me.