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M's job is a tough, Zduriencik's a good choice

Posted on: October 22, 2008 6:10 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jack Zdurencik isn't well-known, and he has an easy-to-mispronounce name (it's zur-EN-sik).

But he might just be the perfect guy to take on the mess that's the Mariners.

"I guess that means they're going back to scouting and development," one scout said Wednesday, as word circulated that the Mariners have hired Zduriencik as their new general manager.

You'd think that's what it means, since the 57-year-old Zduriencik's background is in scouting and development. He was in charge of the Brewers' successful scouting operation for the last nine years, and under his guidance the Brewers drafted the core of the team that ended Milwaukee's 16-year playoff drought.

If this is the guy you pick to run your ballclub, presumably you're committed to building a winner from the ground up, rather than trying for a quick fix.

The quick fixes haven't worked in Seattle, that's for sure. This is a team that believed it was one trade away last winter, and reacted by surrendering young players in a deal with Baltimore for pitcher Erik Bedard. The Bedard deal was a miserable failure, but it wasn't the only one in recent years in the Pacific Northwest.

Now it's Zduriencik's turn, and now the Mariners will -- apparently -- try to build a winner. One look at Seattle's 2008 record (61-101) will tell you there's a lot of building to do.

One positive from that record: the M's will have the second overall pick in next June's draft, behind the Nationals.

With Zduriencik in charge, maybe they'll know what to do with it.

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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:49 pm
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Since: Jun 7, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2008 6:48 pm
 

M's job is a tough, Zduriencik's a good choice

Aha! But in year six we're goin all the way! 2014 here we come!




Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2008 2:42 pm
 

M's job is a tough, Zduriencik's a good choice

M's suck and will continue to be a poor team for the next 5 years or so.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2008 12:38 pm
 

M's job is a tough, Zduriencik's a good choice

You bring up 1 of 2 really messed up things in baseball:

1. The AL West has 4 teams whereas the NL Central has 6 - every other division has 5.  Why is this so hard to figure out and correct?  Why should teams in one division have a 25% of winning the division and going to the playoffs but teams in another division only have a less than 17% chance of the same?  Stupid.

2. The American League has the DH whereas the National League does not.  This gives the American League an inherent advantage in the World Series as they get to use a DH who they have been using all year (usually a really good hitter) whereas National League teams are left to find a 4th outfielder or some such who isn't good enough to crack the starting lineup and put him in the position that is expected to be a good hitter with power.  Not to mention unaccustomed strategy differences that must be adjusted to in the most important series of games of the season.  Stupid.


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