Of all the grim little notes from a lost weekend at Safeco Field, this one is the harshest.
The Seattle Mariners have lost seven consecutive games for the first time since .... September. Turns out they've had two seven-game losing streaks in their last 32 games, and the latest streak will carry over until tonight, when Felix Hernandez faces Toronto.
When the Blue Jays arrive, amongst their number will be bench coach Don Wakamatsu. He will look at the 2011 Mariners and be able to believe, with absolute certainty, that what happened last season must not have been all his fault.
Nine games in to the new year, the Mariners team batting average is .215. It was .228 last May when the team fired batting coach Alan Cockrell. After nine games last year, the Mariners were 3-6. Today, 2-7.
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Last season, Wakamatsu dropped Chone Figgins from second to ninth in the batting order, and Figgins publicly ripped him for doing it. Then, after he watched a relay throw roll past Figgins later in the season, Wakamatsu yanked Figgins out of the game
And Figgins had to be pulled away from going after his manager. What did the front office do about it? Nothing.
This year, Jack Wilson pulled himself out of a game after making two errors, an action Wedge found 'unspeakable.' What did the front office say about or do about it? Nothing.
Wakamatsu will see that some things haven't changed in his absence.