Melvin job watch begins
Larry LaRue writes the first local column that says Melvin’s going to get fired.
His reasons are all screwy:
Last week at Safeco Field, the Old Lion and the Young One were all too evident. Melvin made the right calls – at one point bunting what could have been the winning run into scoring position, only to watch his best hitters fail to bring it home.
Piniella bunted, too, and his players got the job done.
Um.. not so much. And he insinuates (“these are things that have gone wrong, though I won’t directly say it’s his fault…”) that Melvin is responsible for a lot of woes (like pitching) that are due in large part to Bavasi’s awful moves.
His basic premise: that the team sucks and Melvin hasn’t done a good job, are sound.
Soon we should expect the dreaded “vote of confidence”.
When his third option was signing Rich Aurilia or holding on to Carlos Guillen, everyone with a vote – including Melvin – went for Aurilia.
If true, this is crazy. What kind of an organization agrees so completely on a decision that was so close? Even we felt it was maybe going to be a modest upgrade, and had reservations about it. They’re the Mariners!
This only goes to prove something we’ve been saying for a long time — that the team doesn’t have anyone who dissents, who’s willing to say “hey, maybe this is a bad move for us.”