Prior to Randolph’s canning, the Seattle Mariners also made a rare in-season firing of a General Manager by showing Bill Bavasi the door.

I honestly don’t have too much more to add on this issue than what I’ve already written. A little over a year ago as we did our “What They Need” reports in 2007, I argued that what the Seattle Mariners needed was less Bavasi. He took over the team in November of 2003, inheriting a team that had won no less than 93 games per season between 2001-2003. His first full season at the helm, the Mariners won 63. The following year, they won 69, followed by 78 games in 2006. By this point, most GMs would have been fired. But Bavasi hung on.

In 2007, the Mariners surprised a lot of people (including myself) by winning 88 games, and during the off-season, I basically called the team a fluke. However, even I didn’t think that the Mariners would start ’08 24-46. But that’s exactly what has happened.

All in all, he has spent over $480m in payroll over five seasons but constructed a team with a 322-396 record (.448 Winning %). He has resigned aging catcher Kenji Johjima because he thought that there would be a shortage of aging catchers in the future (pure speculation on my part but can’t think of any other reason). He gave a 4-year, $48M contract to Carlos Silva over the off-season, who is currently earning his keep with a 5.79 ERA.  He signed Ichiro Suzuki to a 5-year extention worth $90M that will have the M’s paying a 38-year old outfielder $17M in 2012. Sure he’ll still be able to put the bat on the ball at that age. But speed’s the first skill to go as you age, and Ichiro is going to be a one-dimensional player very soon. And although both Richie Sexson and Jose Vidro will be off the books following this season, they’ve still got one more year of Adrian Beltre ($12M), Jarrod Washburn ($10.35M), and Miguel Batista ($9M).

From what I can tell and have heard, Bavasi is a likable guy. But mistakes kept piling up and the owners finally had had enough.

9 Responses to “Oh, and Bill Bavasi was fired too…”

  1. Paul Moro says:

    You know what’s hysterical to me? People rushing to the computer to pick up Guillermo Mota. Only in fantasy baseball.

  2. If the Playoffs Started Today…

    The Revenge would be in the winner’s bracket thanks to a higher winning percentage than the oldman in the most recent week. A 10-2 win over the my balls sends a message to the league leaders. Can you feel the footsteps? The Revenge are dead last in four of six offensive categories, and not much better in the other two. However, with Cano, Zimmerman, Howard, and Ortiz finally showing signs of breaking out of their slumps, the offense is poised to do some serious damage. Added Votto after the 3 HR performance, hopefully he’ll stay hot. Pitching continues to be the strong point as we are ranked first or second in every pitching category besides saves. How about James Shields? Complete game 1 hitter, 8 K and zero walks. Nice rebound from the 7 ER given up last time out.

    Hot: Zimmerman, Ortiz, Shields, Betancourt
    Not: Granderson, Hart, Sanchez (dropped)

  3. BravesFan says:

    Gotta give us the standings! Who is winning?

  4. Sarah Green says:

    I see the Pedroia trade didn’t take long to complete! Congratulations, Ania, on your new gamer! And congrats to Alejandro on snagging Jermaine Dye…if that’s what you’re into….

  5. Scott Ball says:

    For the third straight week the mighty Quads thumped another opponent, this time Sarah’s Somerville Green Sox, and this time by a score of 8-2. I am seriously considering re-naming my team after Lance Berkman after he went on a stretch last week with 19 hits in 25 at-bats. According to Yahoo Sports, guess how many times a player has done that in the past 50 years… once! (Albert Pujols in 2003.) And Berkman threw in six walks and a pair of steals to boot. Wow… I think Utley’s Firm Quads may become Berkman’s Love Handles soon if this continues. I did have one small twinge of regret when I dropped Joey Votto early Wednesday morning only to see him explode for 3 HR a few hours later… but at least those stats still counted for me. After Paul dropped Ryan Church (see above), he posted a message asking if he made the right decision… I quickly replied he did, that Church sucked, and then promptly put in a waiver claim. Score! Paul, you aren’t losing me anytime soon… although we may be pulling away from the pack (Me: 2 GB, Doug: 7.5 GB, Bryan and Sarah, 11 GB).

    HOT: Berkman, Ichiro (4 SB this week, 8 in his last 11 games), Carlos Quentin, Edinson Volquez’s strikeouts (10) and ERA (0.00).
    NOT: Derek Lowe, Jon Lester (don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out, Jon!), Edinson Volquez’s WHIP (1.43) and K/BB (1.67).

  6. Sarah Green says:

    Okay okay, here are the standings, with games behind:

    1. Paul (ElDuquesInjuryReport) (0)
    2. Scott (Utley’s Firm Quads) (2)
    3. Doug (Swamp Dragons) (7.5)
    4. Bryan(Pirates in 08!) (11)
    5. Sarah (Somerville Green Sox) (11)
    6. Kirk (Montefusco’s Revenge) (12)
    7. Larry(Croutchyoldman) (12)
    8. Alejandro (Center Field Stud) (12.5)
    9. Ania (Box89RowKKSeat14) (17.5)
    10. Caitlin (Caitlin Grace) (19)
    11. Sooze (Freebase My Balls) (19)
    12. Coley (Crunkball All Stars) (20.5)

  7. With only one player on the DL (and Lackey’s finally due back later this week!), things are starting to turn around for the heretofore hapless and healthless Box89RowKKSeat14s. No longer in last place, I’m now in…fourth to last! (I joyfully mentioned this to a friend, who blinked at me and said, “You mean you’re in ninth?” They don’t get it. They don’t even know!)

    Anyway, narrative of the hot-or-not: Mikey Lowell is making up for lost time, with two home runs and seven ribbies. Jimmy Rollins is easing in a bit more slowly, but I have faith that he’ll bring some speed back to my lineup. Placido Polanco’s been back for a while, but he’s been on fire this week with a .474 OBP. And while Papelbon had a few rough outings, Fausto Carmona has been more than making up for it.

  8. Coley Ward says:

    Bill Bevasi on Erik Bedard:

    “You have to ask him and I know that’s no fun. And he’s going to have a stupid answer for you can count on it. He’s going to have some dumb-ass answer.”

    “He’s either gassed because he’s laboring. He’s protecting himself because he knows even he sticks around and is mediocre he gets another 2 million bucks lopped onto his salary.”

    “Why doesn’t he go longer? It’s a real pointed question. But you need to ask him. And good luck with that.”

  9. Paul Moro says:

    It’s worth mentioning that last year was the first time in his career that Erik Bedard even averaged over six innings per start. So… Bill… What were you expecting?

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