OK, at some point the hype has got to stop, right?
Sports Illustrated has a big story coming out in this week’s editions singing the praises of Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and the franchise’s commitment to building a winner through defensive measures.
Titled “Feel the Glove,” the five-page story by Albert Chen talks glowingly about the Mariners’ willingness to take a different approach and ability to find the right players for that system since Zduriencik took over a year ago.
The main photo showing a leaping Chone Figgins was shot by local sports photographer Rod Mar.
Chen notes that the Mariners were last in the American League in runs scored and near the bottom in nearly every offensive statistic, yet improved by 24 wins last year in getting to 85-77.
Chen notes that no team in the history of the AL had scored so few runs and won as many games.
“Seattle is a team straight out of a different era, with defense as its backbone,” Chen writes.
The story details how the Mariners uncovered Franklin Gutierrez as a key element and then watched in amazement as he blossomed in center field last season. It talks about this year’s additions and how Zduriencik has blended Billy Beane’s Moneyball theories with his own deep history in scouting.
Feel the Glove
OBP? Sooo 2003. This winter baseball’s smart guys—most
notably the ones running the Mariners—turned run prevention into the Next Big