The Seattle Mariners are the biggest losers in baseball. Literally.
They have become the first team in Major League Baseball history to lose 100 games while having a $100 million payroll.
Now, there’s a disturbing article in Thursday’s Seattle Times that says superstar outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is so despised by his Seattle teammates that at one point this season one of the Mariner players was overheard threatening to “knock out” the Japanese outfielder. The Times article says a meeting was called to difuse the situation.
It’s disturbing enough that the Mariners ONE good player, the only guy on the club with any pride and heart, was actually threatened by his teammates. What the Times article doesn’t get into is the racial ramifications of the story. Ichiro recently got his 200th hit of the season. That’s the eighth straight year he has done that and is a virtual lock for 200 hits and 100 runs every season. He is also the only player on the team with any sense of perspective. It’s not an exaggeration to say virtually everu OTHER player on the team needs to go.
Thursday night, veteran picher J.J. Putz seemed more concerned about the clubhouse code of what-happens-in-the-locker-room-stays-in-the-locker-room being violated than he was about Ichiro. Manager Jim Riggleman also refused to confirm the incident.