If you didn’t have a chance to catch new General Manager Jerry DiPoto’s introduction to the local press I encourage you to take a look. Unfortunately it’s less than three minutes of his talk.
This follows last night’s two-hour meeting with Manager Lloyd McLendon.
What struck me, first of all, is his honesty. He is clear that he will make mistakes beginning today. Jack Zdurencik never admitted to a mistake–ever. He also explained that while he liked Lloyd McClendon personally, he likened their pairing to a long distance relationship, one that is yet to develop into one that can work long-term.
Most of all I liked things that didn’t appear in video, but rather in Greg Johns’ story.
- He likes the Mariners core of Felix Hernandez, Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, and Kyle Seager
- It’s important the team have plan A, but it needs a plan B for contingencies in case of serious injury or if a key player under performs the plan.
- The Mariners must construct a roster that can succeed at Safeco Field
- To that end, the team needs to acquire and develop players that are more athletic.
- The bullpen needs an immediate rebuild.
Needless to say, these are all music to my ears. In the coming months DiPoto and his team will make decisions that are likely to make waves. But from a fan’s perspective, a fan who is willing to put his views out for the two or three people who read these musings, it was nice to think the Mariners GM shares many of my same views on what it will take to make the M’s better from a big picture. It will be interesting to see how he gets it done.