Check out this picture of Carlos Silva. I don't think I want to be on the receiving end of this glare.
There was so much information that came out of yesterday's press conference that there was no way to get it all into my story yesterday.
So here's my story about the firing. At the end of the story, Larry and I went through some of his transactions and came up with the five worst of his career. See if you agree or disagree with them.
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Here they are ...
Dubious deals from the Bavasi era
Dec. 17, 2003
The deal: Signed free agent infielder Scott Spiezio to a three-year contract with a club option for 2007.
The skinny: Spiezio was the first of many questionable free-agent signings, all fitting the same mold – older player trying to maintain his established big league numbers, and most never did. The list is long, headed by Spiezio, Jarrod Washburn, Carl Everett, Matt Lawton, Rich Aurilia, Pokey Reese, Chris Reitsma.
Jan 8, 2004
The deal: Shortstop Carlos Guillen was traded to Detroit for infielders Ramon Santiago and Juan Gonzalez.
The skinny: Nicknamed "Glass" in Seattle. In Detroit, they just call Guillen "All-Star." Not even trading for the other Juan Gonzalez in his prime could have made this trade not seemed lopsided.
Dec. 15, 2004
The deal: Signed free agent first baseman Richie Sexson to four-year contract.
The skinny: The one player who seems to represent underachievement in a Mariners uniform, at least in the eyes of the fans. When the team needed him most, he simply wilted.
Dec. 7, 2006
The deal: Acquired lefty Horacio Ramirez from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Rafael Soriano.
The skinny: At the time, the trade seemed bad on paper, and it proved even worse on the field. Even with all his injuries, Soriano pitching as a reliever still got more outs than Ramirez did in all of his starts.
Feb. 8, 2008
The deal: Acquired left-hander Erik Bedard from Baltimore for outfielder Adam Jones, reliever George Sherrill and three minor leaguers – right-handers Chris Tillman and Kam Mickolio and left-hander Tony Butler.
The skinny: Bavasi gave up five players for the pitcher he thought could help him win, and in the end it may have been the move that finally got him fired. Now the Mariners might get two players for Bedard in a trade.
I will say that Carlos Silva's ejection was a joke. The umpire made the wrong call, he was called on it, and his first reaction was to toss a guy. Weak.
Our intern, Stephen Chen, got to spend his first day on the job helping cover a firing. It was a quick baptism into this business. He filed this notebook on Ichiro changing to right field on a permanent basis.
So I'm working on a post for later about Bedard centering around a few of Bavasi's comments.
We asked him about Bedard and his unwillingness to go past 100 pitches...
"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."