Look this isn't some shameless plug to read our stuff from the News Tribune. Come on, I don't do that. OK, sometimes. Well, I might shamelessly promote my blatherings on the radio from time to time. Still, I highly recommend John McGrath's column in the News Tribune today.
Mac and I have been known to sip on a beer or two and argue and rant about sports and I could see this column brewing from a few of our conversations as to what's wrong with the Mariners. I would put his knowledge and ability to write about baseball - particularly with a sense of history and humor - up against any columnist on the West Coast.
The premise of the column is simple ...
In the case of the Mariners, the vision should be both concise and comprehensive, as applicable to chairman Howard Lincoln and president Chuck Armstrong as it is to the 40th man on the 40-man roster: Just do your job.
From there McGrath breaks down what has gone wrong and why and addresses a few other issues.
And probably my favorite part ...
The challenge now is move forward with a specific chain of command: A chairman who oversees the payroll, a president who interacts with the public, a general manager who runs the team, a manager who makes tactical decisions, and players who play the game the way they’re expected to play the game.
Just do your jobs, guys. Nothing more, nothing less.
Just do the damn job. Develop a vision that harkens back to the first word of baseball advice you ever got.
Keep your eye on the ball.