Seattle Mariners Fernando Rodney gave a up a game tying 2-run homer in the 8th today. This has been happening a lot lately; July 7th to Yoenis Cespedes in the 8th (game tying) and two days later to Kole Calhoun, again in the 8th (not game tying). On July 19th Mark Teixeira, again in the 8th (game winning homer). And Sunday the 25th to Ezequiel Carrera in the 8th (game tying).
Here is the problem.
I do not remember if the famous quote came from Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, or Taylor Swift. No matter I can’t remember the exact quote anyway. But it has to do when someone tries something and it fails, yet the person keeps doing the same thing in the same way expecting a different result. Lloyd McClendon keeps putting Rodney in the 8th inning and he keeps giving up home runs in close ballgames.
In his last eight games he has pitched 6.2 innings, 7 hits, 2 walks, 8 runs 7 of which are earned.
Lloyd! You’re not going to get a different result. Stop using him in these situations. Pitch him in mid innings when you are losing and nothing matters. Expecting success from Rodney when he continues to fail is a fool’s hope. Being loyal to veterans has its limits and the idea is to win games, keep the confidence of the team up. When players continue to see game winning and game tying home runs thrown by any pitcher in crucial situations they may not say it, may not show, but inside a little of them gives up. The fans certainly have.
McClendon told his players in his first spring training with Seattle that he has a family to feed and he needs to win games and the players who give him the best chance to win plays. Maybe Lloyd forgot he has to feed his family.
But the way things have gone for Seattle, Jack Zduriencik, the Mariner’s GM, and McClendon may both be gone next season. The problem is the higher ups in the organization care more about profit than winning. It will be interesting to see what happens in the offseason.