DocMilo, on 05 May 2012 - 06:16 AM, said:
I bet Texas fans are calling for ownership's head after their 3 game losing streak. How about down in Anaheim? The Angels are behind us in the standings. I love it how people expect way too much out of this club. When Figgins is gone, this team will probably be the youngest in all of baseball. These are a bunch of kids learning to play the game at the highest level. The M's tied up their own hands with veterans for years and traded away what little farm system they had trying to avoid rebuilding. Now that we're finally rebuilding the fans are outraged. Woohoo!
This club has a bunch of young kids. When they click, it's going to be awesome to watch. Give em time.
I love Vargas' attitude post game. He was pissed.
The kids have to find it for themselves. Stop blaming the GM. Stop blaming the manager. Stop blaming Nintendo. We're a month into the season and really, who expected much more than what we've seen so far? This is a young team that's got a lot to learn. In June or July things will mesh and they will get hot. They will play some really good ball and hopefully will finish off the season close to .500.
While I admire your positive approach, Doc, I think the arguments you supply in this case is not very compelling. Despite their 3-game losing streak, Texas is the defending 2-time AL champion with a lineup stacked with offense and a staff stacked with great pitching. The Angels? Sure, they're in last place, but based on recent history that's an aberration that won't last long. If we had a manager in Seattle with the kind of sustained success that Mike Scioscia has enjoyed in Anaheim, there would be few people calling for his head this early in the season.
And while it's true that we are finally rebuilding, we are doing it with such a massive up-front reliance on a plethora of kids, if not unprecedented then nearly so, that I think we are seeing more struggling by the young'uns than is necessary. Not only that, but we could see their development stunted at least in some cases (though I admit that point is debatable).
And this takes us back to ownership. You can tell people to stop blaming Nintendo (a metaphor for ownership), but again you cannot begin to compare the financially timid, miserly and visionless ownership in Seattle with Texas and LAAAAAAA. They run out a poor product for a decade, drive attendance into the ground, cry poverty, and then "unleash the beast" by, of all things, cutting payroll even more and making their rebuild so youth-heavy that they have no veteran besides an aging Ichiro supplying any significant help at all in the lineup. So again, you can tell people to stop. But they won't. Not when ownership has handed them ladle after ladle of culpability soup.
This post has been edited by DaddyO: 05 May 2012 - 08:29 AM