Mariners Insider Blog

Why Yuni drives his managers insane

They've been trying for years, but no manager or hitting coach seems able to teach Yuniesky Betancourt how to work the count.

They have tried benching him and coddling him. Shown him graphics and charts and raw numbers.

It never matters. The talented shortstop for Seattle can't quite grasp that taking balls and swinging at strikes would improve his game and his value to the team.

The man-child is maddening. Take tonight's game.

Third-inning at-bat, with two on and no one out, Betancourt takes a strike, swings at two balls and grounds into a double play.

Next at-bat, first-pitch swinging, he homered.

Third at-bat, first-pitch swinging, he tripled.

Five pitches, three at-bats. Maddening.

By the way, to the bottom of the sixth in Surprise: Seattle 7, Kansas City 2.