The season-ticket holder lunch early report
I was going to wait until we could assemble a better overall piece, but bah, we can do that later. From 1000N, who got this comment in before it was deleted for being off-topic.
I just returned from the season ticket holder luncheon with Dave Niehaus and Jack Zduriencik. Several season ticket holders asked Jack about his thoughts regarding new managers. One pair of fans even held up a banner which said â€œwe want Joey Cora.â€ The banner drew a mixed reaction from the crowd.
Jack said many of the usual boilerplate kinds of things about getting someone who â€œknows how to win,â€ who has â€œexperience,â€ etc. The most interesting thing he said on this topic is that itâ€™s vital for the new manager to understand that he is expected to be part of the Seattle community and not just the skipper of the ball club. At least it was something a little different from the usual cliches.
The most interesting thing he had to say all afternoon was in response to the question about how he planned to incorporate sabermetrics and modern analytical methods into the Mariner organization. He said that he is forming the Mariners â€œDepartment of Baseball Research,â€ and he plans to staff it with sabermetricians. That department would be responsible for making sure that decision making at every level of the organization, including decisions made in the dugout, were based on all the available information, including all the statistical information. Jack got one of the biggest ovations he got all day for this answer.
Has anyone else heard anything about the new â€œDepartment of Baseball Research?â€
Who else went?