Sep 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners managerEric Wedge
(right) stands in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
In the 11-years since Lou Piniella left Seattle for Tampa Bay, the Mariners have had seven different head coaches. While not outrageous, it’s still a high turnover rate.
It doesn’t take much introspection to realize that a high turnover rate is a sign of poor performance.
With the M’s currently in the hunt for yet another manager, it’s worth taking a look at what these seven men did while skippering the M’s and also at what they’ve done since leaving.
Hopefully this will shed some light on the failures of the M’s over the last decade or so, and highlight where the blame should be directed. Is it an overarching flaw in the organization? Is it bad managing at the field level? Or a combination of both.
The M’s organization, obviously, wants to find a manager who can lock down the position for years to come, and perhaps looking at the managerial casualties since Piniella’s departure is the starting point for avoiding an addition to the list.