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The Mariners’ offense has been potent – at least, when not at T-Mobile Park – with a major-league leading 53 home runs, and the starting rotation has been solid. M’s starters are a combined 10-4 with a 4.02 ERA and 13 quality starts, the latter tied for the third most in the majors, one behind Houston and Pittsburgh. But the bullpen? That’s another story.
Late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, former managers Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel, and six players headed by Lee Smith are on the 10-man ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame’s Today’s Game Era committee to consider next month.
SEATTLE – Lou Piniella had to stop, collect himself and fight back tears. It was not the type of emotion Seattle Mariners fans got accustomed to seeing from the fiery Piniella during his 10 seasons managing the club.
Friday: The local major league baseball franchise is like Kryptonite right now, slowly sapping the interest of even the most loyal fan. Watching last night’s American League divisional series game, which the Tigers won over Oakland and advanced to face Boston in the A.L. championship, didn’t help. After all, watching playoff baseball just reminds one of how long it’s been since the Seattle Mariners were involved.
Lou Piniella was back in town this week. Seattle couldn’t get enough of him. From the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to the Metropolitan Grill to a Safeco Field fundraiser luncheon, nearly everyone he passed smiled, or reached out a hand for a shake, or fumbled for a camera phone and a picture.
SEATTLE – Ten years later, Lou Piniella does second-guess himself, if only a little. “What could I have done differently?” he said. “I could have brought Jamie Moyer back on really short rest.”
Lou Piniella walked away from baseball on Sunday, a month earlier than planned and with a tip of the cap instead of a kick of the cap. The latter would have been a nice touch but, alas, Lou's fire seems to have gone out. Managing the Chicago Cubs will do that to you.
CHICAGO — Randy Johnson threw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day at Safeco Field, surrounded by old Mariners teammates. Ken Griffey Jr. came back for one more season, only to get in his car and bolt June 2, yet to be seen or heard from publicly since.