This article is dedicated to Mike Welch, who pointed out this problem to me.
In 2008, the Seattle Mariners could blame their misfortune on a lot of different things, but I, for one, blamed it on team chemistry.
The Mariners looked like they cut off one side of the tension when they traded away Jeremy Reed, JJ Putz and Sean Green. But with the lack of time together on the field before the season starts, will the Mariners be cutting it to close?
Eighteen Mariners, including some of the Minor League players as well as some of the key players, will be playing in the classic. Adrian Beltre, Felix Hernandez, Jose Lopez, Ichiro Suzuki, Kenji Johjima, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Carlos Silva, Wladamir Balentein and Endy Chavez all plan to participate.
Although, some of the Mariners will be together still. On Team Venezula, the Mariners have Carlos Silva, Cesar Jimenez, Felix Hernandez and Jose Lopez. Maybe King Felix can show Silva a thing or two about decent pitching.
Over in Japan, Ichiro Suzuki and Kenji Johjima might form a stronger bond and hopefully they can relate to Don Wakamatsu once the season starts.
If the Mariners can add another guy to the outfield such as Garret Anderson and maybe make a trade for Rick Ankiel ,they will have a great season combined with at least decent team chemistry.