Griffey’s insomnia woes

May 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s no secret now. Griffey fell asleep in the clubhouse during the game. Two players outed him anonymously.

I honestly don’t care that Griffey fell asleep in the clubhouse. I’m sure it isn’t the first time it’s happened in MLB history. Probably happens a lot. I don’t care that they couldn’t pinch hit him anyways, because it probably would have resulted in him grounding out to the right side of the infield or him swinging at a curve ball in the dirt for strike three. The overreaction here is to say “cut him, he sucks!” But I have to look back at when he got re-signed for this season:

Everyone said Junior would be in a limited role. He had clubhouse influence, Ichiro loves him, the players love him, the fans (still) love him, he built the franchise in the 90s. We all knew his value as a hitter was washed up. Hell, we brought in Milton Bradley, and re-signed Ryan Langerhans. Everyone thought Milton would be the main DH, Langerhans would play left, and then Milton would play left occasionally and Griffey would start at DH.We knew who would be playing what as we went into Spring Training. Everyone felt content.

Then Spring Training happened.

Now we have Mike Sweeney instead of Ryan Garko. Garko, while not a great fielder, can at least don the glove and go out there and try. Sweeney? Nah. Instead of a 6-bullpen team, we immediately flipped, DFA’d Langerhans, and brought up Jesus Colome. who’s pitched only 12 innings, walking 8 and striking out 11. Milton Bradley was playing left field full-time.

What the hell?

My point is this: there was a plan set before the spring. Everyone was comfortable with it. Sure, we knew we’d have issues scoring runs, but good pitching and defense would help us get close victories as we’re so close to doing. There’s some things we couldn’t anticipate. No one expected Cliff Lee to strain is abdomen (but he’s healthy now, yay!). No one expected Jack Hannahan to strain his groin. I expected some ejections and other issues with Milton Bradley, but I didn’t expect him to have a mental breakdown. The Eric Byrnes experiment failed. Despite all this, we still could stick to the plan. But we didn’t. Griffey got more playing time than he deserved. Langerhans missed almost all of April after getting DFA’d. We’ve slowly started to fix these.

I admit: I still like Griffey. I love him as a player. I love his relationship with Ichiro. Hell, his tickling antics are my blog’s namesake. Rather than cut him, why not the Mariners go back to the original plan and stick him into that limited role he’s supposed to be in? Why not drop Colome, and bring up another utility player? Jack Hannahan is still available. He’s got an awesome glove. Get his ass up here. Saunders is showing some power. Maybe he’ll become the player we hoped for?

Thankfully, the AL West as a whole blows, so despite being 12-19, we’re somehow only 5.5 games back and still within contention. Start with small changes. When Bradley gets back, initiate the change, and we can go from there.


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