Mariners Analysis

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thank goodness we have a new manager

And it's not Joey Cora. No offense to Cora, who may turn out to be a great manager, but hiring a guy because he used to play for you when you were good and casual fans remember the name is no way to win games.

I wasn't super excited when Zduriencik was hired but was willing to give him a chance. So far he has exceeded expectations.

He's cleaned house.
He's acknowledged publicly the farm system above A ball is weak.
He's starting a stats department.
He resisted the urge to hire the guy his bosses wanted and made the correct baseball decision.

So far the JZ era is off to a good start. Hopefully we see some player moves shortly that confirm our new GM actually knows what he's talking about.