Jack Zduriencik just delivered a quick 'state of the team' address to the media and the sound byte you're likely to hear first is this on Don Wakamatsu:
"Don is our manager."
That's not likely to squelch speculation amongst fans, but Zduriencik said he'd come to San Diego on a beautiful day and expected accountability from everyone - from his players to his manager.
"It's the first day of the rest of the season," Zduriencik said. "Let's get back to playing good baseball and see where it takes us. Our players know they're accountible to the city, the franchise and their teammates.
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"If you're not playing good baseball, I'd like to know why."
Zduriencik's comments came after the Mariners lost three of four games in Texas, getting out-scored 31-6 in their losses and dropping to 23-37.
"Don is the same manager who got so much praise last year and he's not happy with what's happened this year, either," Zduriencik said. "Don will be here as we turn this thing around. This team will play better baseball. Each player is in charge of what he does, his preparation.
"Don is in charge of this club."
Speaking to fans, he kept it simple.
"If you're disappointed, so am I," Zduriencik said.