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Two 100-loss seasons in three years is the sort of thing that gets people fired.
To be fair, the current regime led by GM Jack Zduriencik is only on the hook for one of those epic failures. The Mariners fans (like Moose Man, pictured above), however, have had to endure a lot the past few seasons and have no light at the end of the tunnel to look forward to.
Not at first glance, anyway.
A lot of things went wrong in 2010 for these Mariners. At the time, it seemed as if they made some brilliant signings and trades to fill holes on a roster that needed it. Cliff Lee, Chone Figgins and Milton Bradley were all clear upgrades over the 2009 roster, right?
Lee held up his end of the deal, but the other guys had career-worst seasons.
You had guys bolting the clubhouse on a bicycle after a missed squeeze sign. Guys leaving mid-game. Guys fighting their manager. Guys tattling on the icon of the franchise for catching a nap. That icon bolting town without so much as a "thank you" to the fans who made him rich. Guys blaming the manager for chasing off the icon. The manager getting fired. A trade that brought in a guy convicted of a sex crime and sent Cliff Lee away.
Whoa, wait. We haven't even talked about statistics yet?
So much went wrong on and off the field for the Mariners, it's hard to know where to start.
The Mariners can't be this bad again. There will be bounce-backs. There will be kids coming up, some new, some coming into their own after a previous crack. There's just no way this much can go wrong again. Right?
My answer is that, yes, the Mariners will avoid another 100-loss season.