First off I want to say I'm a Mariners fan even though they have stunk for seven seasons. For the most part I thought it was the players just not getting it done. As I took a closer look I realized that the Mariner management just plain sucks period.
After the great 2001 season a lot of great players left and became good elsewhere. Disastrous season after disastrous season. They were so bad I thought they might leave Seattle like the Sonics did.
In 2007 we saw a bright spark from the Mainers. As they were at one point in the season 20 games over .500 and led the Wild card for a few weeks. With a solid hitting core consisting of Ichiro, Jose Vidro, Jose Guillen, Raul Ibanez, and some others plus with a decent pitching lineup it seemed that year was finally the time for the Mariners to make the post season.
But it turned sour as Mike Hardgrove unexpectedly resigned as the manager stating his "passion began to fade" as his apparent excuse. After this twist bench coach John Mclaren was promoted and the Mariners, after being talked about as the favorites to make the post season, began going downhill even going on a historic ugly 0-11 road trip that dismantled their playoff hopes.
2008 was terrible and I won't even discuss it.
Fast forward to 2009 and new manger Don Wakamatsu dismantled almost the entire Mariner roster. Including the management staff brought in "the kid" Mr.Griffey (mainly used for ticket selling) and as the season went on the M's were decent and not too far off from their division rivals.
Although the offense continued to spiral downwards, the pitchers did well enough to win games. Erik Berdard, Jarod Washburn, and king Felix become their 1-2-3 punch keeping their team in games even though the hitters mostly just scored one or two runs to support them.
As the trade deadline approached the Mariners could have traded for Matt Holliday, Victor Martinez, Orlando Cabrera, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, or many others to install some excitement with getting a big time player. Instead they trade the most consistent pitcher, Jarrod Washburn, for a couple of prospects like our pitching needed work. They also got another couple of mediocre role players.
The Mariners need to get some seriously big hitters, not ones from the minor leagues that you hope to develop. You have too many prospects and too little stars.
See you next season. This one is pretty much in the books.