Ichiro Suzuki, the last remaining link to the Mariners’ magical 2001 season, has moved on. And with him to the Yankees goes the apparently dreadful stench of success, anathema to the Mariners’ front office wizards.
Left behind are a patchwork of also-rans, never-rans and coulda-rans. Soft-hitting Dustin Ackley, Carlos Peguero and Michael Saunders aren’t likely to pack the Safeco stands. And what’s to bring fans to the Mariners store once the marked down Ichiro jerseys are sold out other than Felix Hernandez memorabilia. He’ll undoubtedly start pressing for a trade of his own soon.
“I am going from a team with the most losses to a team with the most wins,” Ichiro said, “so I am not able to contain my excitement in that regard.”
Not that Ichiro was pulling $90 million worth of weight anymore. Batting a mere .261, he is off-pace to crack 200 hits again and is responsible for just 28 runs batted in.
We’ll have DJ Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to look forward to, hardly household names and hardly intimidating pitchers. Mitchell has a dominating 5.04 ERA in Scranton/Wilkes Barre, while hot potato Farquhar has eked out 2 wins in 5 decisions for Toronto, Oakland and New York this season for a respectable 3.33 ERA.
Adding in the untimely death of J.P. Patches this week, Seattle just can’t seem to get a break.