Judging from the response to a 13-year-old Southern Californian's overview on the Seattle Marinershere the other day, some folks think analyzing a bad team - and saying it's bad - doesn't happen anywhere but here.
CBS Sports senior columnist Scott Miller, a fine baseball writer, asked an unnamed executive from another team to break down the Oakland Athletics and got this response:
"I think this is one last shot to get a new stadium - be as bad as we can be to prove to baseball that we really need a new stadium. And they're going to be bad. They're going to be atrocious."
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You can read Miller's full story here, and if nothing else it may encourage Mariners fans to know they're not the only team in a rebuilding mode. Seattle will see more than enough of Texas and Los Angeles this year, but it will face Oakland in five of its first nine games.