I promised myself I would wait until the baseball season was over to watch it and last night I finally viewed the show I taped March 13 during spring training. It was the MLB Network show, “30 clubs in 30 days,” and this hour long episode was devoted to the upcoming 2010 Mariners. So lets take a look back.
John Hart, former Cleveland GM and frequent analyst on the show said Mariner manager Don Wakamatsu was a young Mike Scioscia. Old Mike is still with the Angels, young Don is currently unemployed. Maybe he will get to be a young Scioscia somewhere else.
There were some quotes from players that have new meaning now. Milton Bradley said everyone was having fun and that “when in doubt make fun of people.” Jack Wilson said the team was like a family and a loving group. Cliff Lee said everyone was loose and there was fun in the clubhouse. As it turned out the family was dysfunctional and the fun in the clubhouse did not carry over to the field.
But everyone is happy in spring training, no matter what team. It is like a new romance where everything looks rosy, an endorphin high with warm, fuzzy feelings about the future. But that is before familiarity begins breeding contempt. Losing takes the fun out of the clubhouse.
Despite both Mitch Williams and Hart being upbeat on their analysis, they both predicted the Mariners for third and Baseball Prospectus also picked them third with an 82-80 record.
Williams was right about one thing. He said the M’s had a power shortage and would have trouble scoring runs. Too bad Jack Z, the Mariner GM, could not see the obvious.
They were also right about 2010 being Griffey’s last year; they just did not see it would be a short year.
I look forward to spring training as I need the romance again; I need the optimism, the hope, the warm fuzzy feelings, and all the feel good optimism that in my heart I know is just blushing.