Bavasi firing press conference post

DMZ · June 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Lincoln faces a hopefully skeptical press corps! Live! 2pm our time!

“While we can identify no specific cause for what happened, and we’re all stumped as to why our hiring of Bavasi wasn’t an overwhelming success –”
“What’s that? Something’s going on offstage– OH MY GOD THAT’S YAMAUCHI’S MUSIC!!!


107 Responses to “Bavasi firing press conference post”

  1. PaulMolitorCocktail on June 16th, 2008 6:23 pm

    That’s pretty amazing that he’d come by answer questions, considering that he was outright fired (instead of the usual “decided to resign for personal reasons.”)

    I actually am surprised that they didn’t do the latter; firing is usually made public when you are throwing someone to the wolves.

    Personally I think they canned Bavasi because the FO wanted it to look like they were “doing something”, rather than realizing that the club wasn’t moving in the right direction. But that’s just me.

  2. jlc on June 16th, 2008 6:24 pm

    Why release Sexson? So he doesn’t use up any more Mariner resources, like hitting coach time. And doesn’t take up a spot that could go to some untried youngster who could take a half season to show that he can stay here or isn’t ready. Although the Mariners apparently can tell that kind of thing in less than 20 at bats.

    But I’d be happy if he just disappears into the dugout. I don’t wish him any more embarrassment. Just want him gone.

  3. mln on June 16th, 2008 6:51 pm

    Anybody have an idea on the timeline for hiring a new GM? Sometime between now and when all the trade deadline deals start?

  4. Karen on June 16th, 2008 7:14 pm

    Steve T, in #94 you said in part:

    JSA, I don’t think people believe Ichiro is outstanding defensively in center. He’s adequate there, nothing more. He’s outstanding in right (defensively).

    But he IS an outstanding center fielder, because he’s so much better a hitter than other center fielders on average. And having him in center allows you to play someone else in right, which is much easier to play, and thus is more likely to be a prime hitter. (etc) Basically, Ichiro in CF is a 0 defender but a +++ hitter; in right he’s a + defender but a 0 or + hitter. You gain more by playing him in CF.

    My contention is that Ichiro looks a little more mortal because he’s doing just what you (or someone else) said earlier, cutting in front of Ibanez to catch fly balls — trouble is, those fly balls are so far into LF that Ichiro is getting a bit too many miles on those legs, and he’s getting a bit…tired…and it’s only a bit under halfway through the season.

    That makes Ichiro a victim of statheads’ evaluations, unfortunately. I felt sorry for the guy. Moving him back to RF is a mercy.

    Next up: Between now and the All-Star Break all the casual fans who adore Raul Ibanez will have a chance to see a slightly less accomplished fielder in Jeremy Reed try to cover the same ground Ichiro did, and leave a huge Ibanez-gap in LCF that NO fielder will get to.

    Prediction: Under the new GM management (he may not know what he’s doing today, but I’ll bet he works out a plan before the week is out), after the All-Star Break McLaren gets the OK to put Ibanez in at DH and bench Vidro.

    I think they’re just going to keep running Sexson out there until he either breaks a leg or the season ends, whichever comes first.

  5. PaulMolitorCocktail on June 16th, 2008 8:14 pm

    Anybody have an idea on the timeline for hiring a new GM? Sometime between now and when all the trade deadline deals start?

    The only GMs you can hire now are retreads who are out of work; think Dan Duquette. If you want to hire a good GM, you have to wait until the end of the season; then you can go after Antonetti.

    So – I’d say they hire a GM by the All-Star break.

  6. scraps on June 16th, 2008 8:30 pm

    My understanding is that if you take all the defensive metric into account, Ichiro rates as most likely a good to very good center fielder; not among the very best, but certainly better than average. Now some people are talking as though it’s generally accepted that he’s just average. Where is this coming from? One metric, or has he actually declined in the consensus of metrics?

    He was asked if he had any regrets, any moves in hindsight that could have helped the team.

    [. . .]

    Bavasi feels Guillen would have helped some of the problems he’s seen in the clubhouse this season.

    As bad as I feel for Bavasi, look at this: he didn’t learn anything about his most basic mistakes. All the bad deals he made, and what does he regret? Letting Jose Guillen go. Why? Character/clubhouse issues. He believes that this team really is good, and needs a Guillen type to light a fire. A guy who “wants to win” (and what a nice passing insult to all the other guys).

    Seriously, this is sad. He is so wedded to what he “knows” that everything, positive or negative, is explained by that “knowledge”.

  7. Typical Idiot Fan on June 16th, 2008 10:16 pm

    Re: Johjima at first

    This doesn’t bother me in the slightest. It makes more sense then Reed there. It allows Johjima to play first and have Clement fill out his maximum value at catcher. Then, as needed, the two can flip and / or have Burke give them a day off.

    I don’t see an issue there. The Reed idea was retarded on too many levels.

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