The process of finding a new manager for the Seattle Mariners probably won’t get rolling for another week to 10 days, general manager Jack Zduriencik said Friday. Zduriencik said he’s still in the process of gathering the names of those who have reached out and shown interest and those with whom the Mariners want to speak. Teams in the playoffs could also affect his timeline. “Until we get to a point where I feel comfortable with all of the names that we have and maybe some of the clubs are out of the playoffs we might have interest in, I won’t even begin the process,” Zduriencik said.
Zduriencik didn’t expect to be in this position. “I think we have a little better feel for what we’re looking for now because we’ve been here,” Zduriencik said. “We know what we have on the field, we know where we’re going in terms of the type of club I think we’re going to have.” Zduriencik said he intends to be open-minded in the process and that it doesn’t matter if a potential candidate has previous major league managerial experience or not.
“We’re wide open to all of it. I don’t want to box our thinking in,” Zduriencik said. “I just think more than anything else you have to look at the ball club, look where you are at and what type of manager could come in right now and feel very comfortable with this group of players, as well as suggestions if you will, and it will all play itself out.”
“Every search is different because times are different. The club on the field is different,” Zduriencik said. “Those involved in the search, we’ve been here a long time together. We’ve had a lot of dialogue over the course of the last few years about a lot of things so it all ties into it.”
—Tim Booth, AP Sports Writer in the Seattle P-I
While Mariners fans may feel there has been a lack of stability in the team’s on-field management, the Ghost of George Steinbrenner says, “you’re just a bunch of Lollygaggers! I fired Billy Martin more times in one year than Zduriencik has managers in five years.”
Baseball Best Practice
“This season and last have begun to show a new idea amongst the A’s upper management. The new undervalued player is the one with the severe splits. They are cheap and readily available around every turn. The player is happy because he produces and stays healthy, the fans and management team are happy because the team wins. This postseason will be a test to see just how well the platoon system can really work and if it takes out the streakiness of the Moneyball teams of the past. GM Billy Beane again his found a way to win on the cheap. He deserves a lot of credit.” —Andrew Brown at Swingin’ A’s
“We’ve been through a lot of turmoil and a lot of changes – whether you’re talking about the owners or CEOs or (other front office personnel) – since my departure,” said [Padres president Mike] Dee, who has spent the last 12 years in the Red Sox and Dolphins front offices after seven years as a top aide to [former Padres president Larry] Lucchino in San Diego. “It’s been anything but stable. …It starts with ownership and their long-term commitment, but it’s impossible if you don’t have a stable, entrenched front office to have consistency year in and year out. It takes time for a team to mature, like it takes time for a team on the field to come together.”
“I’ve been around this organization for 30 years and at times we’ve been disjointed,” said Randy Smith, a former general manger now overseeing player development and international scouting with the Padres. “Right now, as far as having everyone on the same page, it’s as good as it’s ever been. From scouting to player development to the major league staff, we’re all on the same page.” —Jeff Sanders at U-T San Diego
“We averaged 10 new players every year on our roster in Atlanta during that 14-year run. We knew our core. We knew who we had to keep if we could afford to keep them. We kept that core together and built around it every year, and we were able to sustain that run. Young guys played a big part of that. As they grew in our farm system and grew to our Major League club, they were ready to produce.” —Braves president JohnSchuerholz to Tracy Ringolsby at MLB.com
So they said
Clint Hurdle, the Pirates’ manager, guided Colorado to its first World Series in 2007 and coached for Texas in its first World Series in 2010. The rise of the Pirates is different, he said. It takes on more meaning because the team is restoring a legacy. “The synergy downtown, the energy that gets brought into the ballpark,” Hurdle said, “for so many fans to have this opportunity to revisit some of that feel-good that they had before, that’s special.” —Tyler Kepner at the NY Times
“We have struggled out of the draft here in the last number of the years,” Cashman said. “If we have changes to make, we’ll make them.” —Yankees GM Brian Cashman
[Masahiro] Tanaka has “arguably the best splitter in the world,” and reached 97 mph with his heater on his 108th pitch of the night. —Ben Badler of Baseball America quoted in MLB Trade Rumors
“I always tell people we’re not the Dodgers — we’re the DODGERS, all caps,” [Dodgers president Stan] Kasten said. “This is an iconic franchise. I’m sorry, but this isn’t just another sports team. It’s the Dodgers. I never tell people we’re coming back. We’re already back.” —Howard Bryant at ESPN
Mariner’s potential off-season targets
“Carlos Beltran 36 has averaged 148 games played over the last two seasons and continues to hit good pitching and get big hits. His last deal was for just two years and $26 million, truncated probably because of his ailing knees. However, after two consistent seasons and with a limited pool of outfielders in free agency, Beltran really could benefit this October. He could return to his original team and play right field for the Royals, supplementing their young players with a veteran presence. Beltran could have an instant impact on other contending teams such as the Indians and Rangers. He’s a prime candidate to get a qualifying offer, though, and considering his age, the market may be limited for him if the team that signs him has to forfeit a draft pick and the budget that goes with it. In other words, don’t be shocked if he ends up accepting the offer and staying in St. Louis.” —Jim Bowden at ESPN
“After undergoing surgery in April to repair a re-tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder, two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana has begun a throwing program. The rehabbing southpaw provided the update via his Twitter account yesterday. Santana is poised to become a free agent this winter, as it’s considered a formality for the Mets to pay a $5.5 million buyout rather than a $25.5 million option for 2014. The 34-year-old will almost certainly have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year deal after his second surgery, but there should be plenty of interest if his rehab process goes smoothly. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson recently said that he would consider bringing Santana back at a lower rate.” —D.J. Short at Hardball Talk
“Team president Theo Epstein has spent the week putting together a list of candidates as a backup plan in case Girardi accepts the Yankees’ offer, with Sandy Alomar Jr., A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta among the confirmed names of interest.
“Despite loose reports and speculation involving Mike Maddux, his brother Greg, and former big-league catcher Brad Ausmus, none of those are considered potential candidates by the Cubs, according to those close to the process.” By Gordon Wittenmyer at theChicago Sun Times.
“Jeff Baker has bounced around several different Major League teams over the last few years and next year may not be any different. Although Baker was used primarily against left-handed pitching he appeared in 74 games this season. He is only 32 years old and may like to check the market to see if there are any teams they may be able to offer him a legitimate shot at a starting role because if he were to return to Texas, he would probably be used in the same capacity.” —Collin Budd at Through the Fence Baseball
By the numbers
“Justin Verlander struck out 11 A’s in seven innings, one night after Max Scherzer did the same, in a no-decision in Game 2 of the ALDS. Only one other team’s starting pitchers have recorded at least 10 strikeouts in two straight postseason games: the Dodgers‘ Don Drysdale (11) and Sandy Koufax (10) in Games 4 and 5 of the 1965 World Series against the Twins.” —ESPN Stats & Info
“Alex Rodriguez individually out earned the entire Astros roster in 2013 and [Erik] Bedard’s salary would make him the 23rd highest-paid player on the Yankees.” —Zach Links at MLB Trade Rumors
“The 96 extra-base hits this season for Baltimore‘s Chris Davis was one of the best seasons in Baltimore since Frank Robinson’s Triple Crown in 1966. With 53 homers, 42 doubles and a triple, Davis finished with the most extra-base hits in the majors. Mike Trout of the Angels and the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt are second with 75 each.” —Athlon Sports
“Beltran/Ruth postseason comp: Beltran – 129 ABs, 15 HRs, .357 BA, .783 SLG; Ruth – 129 ABs, 15 HRs, .326 BA, .744 SLG”. —STATS MLB
In a poll from MLB Trade Rumors readers, 70.47% would prefer to sign Masahiro Tanaka rather than Matt Garza.
“Last player with a walk-off hit to break 0-0 tie in an MLB postseason game before Stephen Vogt? Jeff Kent in 2004 NLCS for the Astros.” —ESPN Stats & Info
“In 7 post-season games between the A’s and Tigers in the past two years, there have been three walk-offs and a 1-0 & 2-0 game.” —Melissa Lockard