Stone, Riggleman, and Ichiro

Dave · February 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

This is why we love Larry Stone. He talked to Jim Riggleman about the Ichiro issue, and he plays the role of a reporter, not an op-ed writer. He just gives you Riggleman’s quotes and leaves it up to you to decide what to think about those quotes.

Read this. It’s good stuff. Riggleman has a great take on all this. I agree with practically everything he said.

This is the money quote:

“It was overblown a little bit. It wasn’t as bad as people say. I got some of the guys I felt were critical in my office. I said, ‘You know what? You’re accusing a man of being selfish. Sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. Talk to him. Don’t say it to a writer.Talk to him man-to-man, express yourself to him over a cup of coffee. It’s not about taking a swing at somebody, or griping to writers. If you think he’s selfish…he’s not in here saying to me you’re selfish, but you’re not even watching the game when you’re not pitching. He could come in here and say you’re selfish.’


Keep it up, Larry.


8 Responses to “Stone, Riggleman, and Ichiro”

  1. Manzanillos Cup on February 16th, 2009 1:40 pm

    It’s nice to know that the Times has a writer who is able to keep issues like this out of the mire.

  2. Mariner Melee on February 16th, 2009 1:44 pm

    I have been glued to The Hot Stone League since Sunday.

  3. Mere Tantalisers on February 16th, 2009 2:37 pm

    Riggleman was the only guy (I mean non-player) in the Mariners’ organization that said anything that made any sense last year.

  4. BurkeForPres on February 16th, 2009 2:57 pm

    Although so far Wakamatsu seems to be a great acquisition, I really really liked Riggleman.

    He must have gone home and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got to stop bitching about Ichiro and get my ass in gear here.’


  5. joser on February 16th, 2009 4:29 pm

    Yeah, I think of all the people who lost their jobs with the M’s over the past year (and the ones who should have but didn’t) Riggleman deserved it the least. We weren’t screaming at him for making bonehead decisions; he wasn’t some kind of crazy innovator but he didn’t seemed trapped by “the book” either. Admittedly it’s a low bar, but in terms of in-game management he was the best manager the team has had since Lou. Of course it’s hard to tell when the team is circling the drain and everybody’s a caretaker and the pressure is off, but he seemed to be a decent, reasonably smart guy who went about his job in professional way and managed a difficult situation about as well as can be expected. I hope he gets another shot with another club.

  6. TranquilPsychosis on February 16th, 2009 8:48 pm

    Riggleman was the only guy (I mean non-player) in the Mariners’ organization that said anything that made any sense last year.

    I don’t recall seeing/hearing any interviews where Ichiro! wasn’t making sense… Did I miss something?

  7. Michael_Jackson on February 17th, 2009 12:48 am

    Did I miss something?

    Yes, you missed the part where he said NON-PLAYER.

  8. pygmalion on February 17th, 2009 8:17 am

    Did I miss something?

    You missed “I mean non-player.”

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