Looking at Recent Mariners Coaches: Who Takes the Blame?

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Sep 23, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik presents Seattle Mariners left fielder

Raul Ibanez

(28) with a “300th Career Home Run” plaque prior to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

In Summary…

Most of the M’s managers since the departure of Lou Piniella have been nothing more than interim bench coaches.

The Mariners probably shouldn’t have dismissed Bob Melvin, and now they get reminded of that every couple series or so.

But beyond Melvin, the M’s have shown a distressing ability to hire coaches who either aren’t given enough time to make a lasting impact, or make little to no impact when they are. Recent M’s coaches haven’t meshed with the organization’s aims or haven’t been suited to effectively use the players they were given.

The failure of M’s coaches is linked as much to their own inability to win with what they’re given as it is to the organization’s failure to identity and hire the coaches who will take the team to the next level.

Now they’ve got another shot, hopefully this one pans out…

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