The Seattle Mariners have had some intriguing characters at the helm over the years. Here we’ll look at the 5 worst skippers to lead the M’s since their founding in 1977.
These guys were bad for the Mariners. They really were, but they weren’t the worst of the worst.
The Hood River, Oregon native’s PNW roots didn’t exactly give him home-field advantage. He managed the M’s for all of the 2009 season and half of 2010 until enough was enough and he was fired. As the Seattle skipper, he finished 127-147 (.464). The worst thing about Wakamatsu was that he guided the Mariners to an 85-77 season in 2009, but that success didn’t follow him into 2010. He was fired on August 9. The Mariners had a record of 42-70 at the time. Daren Brown was dubbed the interim, and posted a 19-31 record en route to an 100 loss season.
This is a little bit of a controversial pick for this list considering his pedigree. As a Hall of Fame manager, he problem hasn’t been on many “worst” lists, but he was a mess in Seattle. It was his last stint as a MLB manager, and his style just didn’t gel with players the way it once did. Ultimately in Seattle, he finished with a record of 159-192 (.453). Thankfully, the Mariners only had to go through three more managers before they got to Lou Piniella.
Likely the most forgotten manager in Mariners’ history, he managed one game. He lost. Finishing with a record of 0-1 (.000), he is one of 17 managers to never win a game. He is, quite frankly tied for the worst manager in MLB history, but simply due to the fact it was one game, we’ll only put him on the honorable mention list.
Those three narrowly avoid the actual list, but never fear, you’ll get some quality information from the five selections for this list. So without further adieu, here are the five worst managers in Mariners’ history.