News, M’s and otherwise
Leo Mazzone, legendary pitching coach and possible Hall of Fame candidate, left for Baltimore after a brief flirtation with the Yankees. Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo is a long-time friend. Too bad the Mariners didn’t get him, of course, but whaddayagonnado.
Former Mariner pitching coach Bryan Price got shut out of managerial jobs and took a place-holder position as pitching coach for former Mariner manager Bob Melvin with the Diamondbacks.
Joe Girardi is the new Marlins manager.
Discussion on who the Mariners might still get rages. Larry LaRue in the TNT files a report that makes it seem as if organizational candidates Jim Slaton and Rafael Chaves are forgotten (which is odd).
On the original short list of possible candidates to succeed Bryan Price in Seattle two weeks ago, Slaton hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t yet interviewed Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and Chaves said he hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even been told he is a candidate.
LaRue also gets some quotes from Guardado, who’s annoyed the team didn’t immediately tell him whether they’d be picking up his team option.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If they said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœLook, we want you back but not at the larger figure,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ fine, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d understand that,Ã¢â‚¬Â Guardado said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Or if they said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWe donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want you back, period,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d understand that, too.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But why push it until the free-agency period begins? Why not just talk to me now? If they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want me back, no hard feelings Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but let me start to explore my other options as soon as I can.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve shown them respect for two years, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d love to come back and be part of what could happen here. Just talk to me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And I include this only because it seems to pop up on every freaking comment thread, Bob Finnigan would like us to know that Ichiro is sad and neglected.
And the World Series is White Sox v Astros.