Over the last few months, one of the sillier things that took over Mariners Twitter was the fact that Jarred Kelenic took the Mariners out of his Instagram bio and profile picture. Nowadays, professional athletes can take to social media and show that they want to be traded, get a contract extension, or that they are unhappy with their team. It appeared Jarred Kelenic did that, but now, his Instagram bio says Seattle Mariners #10, and his profile picture has him in an M’s shirt.
It appeared that Kelenic was really unhappy when he was not added to the roster when the Mariners roster expanded from 26 players to 28 in September. However, it would not be too long before he rejoined the big club. He was recalled on September 21 after Julio Rodriguez suffered a back injury. He came in to play center field down the final stretch for the M’s, and after having a bounce-back summer with the Tacoma Rainiers, he played better in this stint in Seattle.
Jarred Kelenic and the Mariners seem to be back in each other’s good graces, for now
It seemed like Kelenic was extremely unhappy with the Mariners front office in the summer. While he was in Tacoma, he was in a bad mood most of the time and was not happy to be stuck in AAA. He wanted to be in the big leagues, and eventually, he got that chance. He did not light the world on fire for the M’s in the last week of the season, or in the playoffs. But, he did have a better stint than he had before.
One of my favorite moments from the champagne celebrations was Kelenic and President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto spraying champagne on each other.
With the Mariners returning to Jarred Kelenic’s social media, maybe the relationship between him and the club is better. Maybe Kelenic is just happy to have been in a playoff run and on the big league roster. One thing is for certain, Kelenic’s future is uncertain because he is talented, but the Mariners can’t keep waiting around for him to figure it out. We will see what happens this offseason and will dive into this discussion later this winter.