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Wakamatsu could still be great, but not with M's

Posted on: August 9, 2010 4:54 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 4:58 pm
 
A year ago, Don Wakamatsu was the most impressive Mariner, on a team that was easily exceeding expectations.

Now he's out of a job, cut loose by a team that has easily underperformed expectations.

A year ago, he looked like one of the most promising young managers in the game . A year later, he still is.

So what happened in Seattle? The simple answer is that in a trying season, the relationship between Wakamatsu and general manager Jack Zduriencik frayed to the point where it couldn't be repaired.

It's hard to know who was most at fault for that, but in recent weeks Wakamatsu and the people around him had become miserable. There was a strong feeling that the manager was getting no backing from Zduriencik and the rest of the front office.

Some of that tension is to be expected, based on the Mariners' sky-high (far too high) expectations, and on the team's 42-70 record. Some of it was no doubt caused by the problems Wakamatsu had with Ken Griffey Jr., a franchise icon, and then with Chone Figgins, who was Zduriencik's big signing last winter.

What happened this season will no doubt serve as a lesson for Wakamatsu, because dealing with adversity and maintaining working relationships with bosses is a big part of managing. He'll learn from it, and he'll be better prepared for his next job.

Will there be a next job? Almost certainly there will be. Wakamatsu is 47 years old, and he impressed many people around the game with the job he did last year. And the general view of this year's Mariners is that they were a flawed team from the start.

Plenty of great managers got fired from their first job. It happened to Tony La Russa, and to Joe Torre.

It's too early to declare that Don Wakamatsu will be a great manager. But there's still every chance he could become one.


Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:39 am
 

Wakamatsu could still be great, but not with M's




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:03 pm
 

Wakamatsu could still be great, but not with M's

Productive pretty important guidance, somewhat a handful of thanks a lot as well as the playwright. Its definitely baffling opinion these days, truly, our strength and value has been mind-boggling.



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Wakamatsu could still be great, but not with M's




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Wakamatsu could still be great, but not with M's




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Wakamatsu could still be great, but not with M's

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Tomly
Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:37 am
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Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2010 3:01 pm
 

Wakamatsu could still be great, but not with M's

No one cares about this dumb ass manager.  No one cares about Seattle.  No one cares.


Obviously you cared enough to read the artile.  Obviously you cared about it so much that you decided to comment on it.  If you really didn't care you A) wouldn't have read it and B) wouldn't have commented on it.  The fact that you did decide to comment on it means that you do care about it. 

As for Wak benching Griffey and standing up to Figgins, it was the right thing to do.  Griffey shouldn't have been brought back this year.  He barely hit .200 last year as a DH.  So we bring him back for another year?  One good year in the clubhouse should have been MORE then enough.  Since Figgins had his run in with Wak, he's been hitting the ball well.  Does that mean Wak said and did what he needed to do to get him to hit...and then gets canned?  Either way it doesn't matter, Figgins is now somebody else's problem.


whofan74
Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2010 2:14 am
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Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2010 10:48 pm
 

Wakamatsu could still be great, but not with M's

When Wak stood up to management and benched a sub .200 hitting Griffey he lost the team and he lost confidence from his higher ups. When he stood up to the P.O.S Figgens and he's BS sense of entitlement he lost the backing of Z
When he didn't stand up he lost the fans.
**** Griffey, **** the ownership, **** Figgens **** Z and **** the fans. When he did the right baseball moves they called for his head, when he shut up and did nothing they called for his head. Can we get a group of owners, players, fans and management that has a ****ing clue on what they want?



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2010 6:51 pm
 

Wakamatsu could still be great, but not with M's

wakamatsu lacks a more powerful attitude towards the game. he seems to be managing 10 year old boys, seattle needs someone who raises his voice against all this underachievers that most of them (sadly) come from the farm system where they excel but god knows what happens to them in the majors.
by the way zduriencik deserves all my respect as in the paper it was nearly unanimous at the start of the season that seattle did one of the best offseason jobs but you cant fight  figgins 230....the moore`s johnson`s...and most of all lopez who in my opinion is the worst hitter of the league as in the cleanup spot cant get an rbi per 10 at bats (how bad is that!!) and apart from no hitting he dosnt get walks too
as a mariner fan i really expect a manager who will kick the.... of the underachievers in representation of most mariner fans who seem to be boiling each year being ashamed by the team they love



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