Mariners Analysis

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Riggleman clearly has issues

A casual fan may wonder if McLaren was really the problem. The team took 2 of 3 against the Mets and actually scored some runs along the way. It's easy to jump to conclusions after a few games, but there are enough warning signs to question Riggleman as a manager even with a few wins under the belt.

Exhibit A is Willie Bloomquist.

The facts are damning. He has ZERO power. He doesn't hit for average.

Do I need anything else? If you play baseball and you don't stand on a mound, those are really bad things. The fact he is gaining playing time while setting a Mariner record for power futility is amazing.

Despite what the scouting report for Willie says, Riggleman starts him. He could play Reed and try to figure out if he has a future in a Mariner uniform next year, but instead chooses to keep playing the older journeyman with no long term future.

Forget about sabremetrics or scouting. Riggleman shares a common problem with McLaren- he can't evaluate talent and instead reaches for intangibles that don't show up in the box score but are apparently more important than things like "hits" or "runs."

I rest my case on Riggleman. Exhibit A is damning enough for me.