Designated For Assignment
Those are the three most dreaded words in the life of a Major League Baseball player. It’s that moment when the organization believes that you are no longer worth the investment due to your lack of productivity. That moment came last Sunday for Leonys Martin. In the span of 12 hours he went from starting in Center Field for the Seattle Mariners, to standing on the pavement hoping for another team to give him another opportunity.
That is not likely. Martin’s salary for this year is Five Million Dollars. Not many teams would be willing to shell out that kind of cash for a player hitting .111. The bright spot for the Mariners in this early, yet dreadful start to the season is young Mitch Haniger. The rookie is batting .338 with a .600 slugging percentage; not to mention, Haniger’s OPS is off the chart.
Scott Servais, the Mariners’ manager and GM Jerry Dipoto both spoke publicly about the difficult decision to place Martin on waivers. After all, Leonys is beloved in the clubhouse and his positive outlook has an infectious influence on his teammates. Plus, Martin factored heavily into their plan heading into the season as they made multiple transactions to generate more runs per game. As hopeful as Dipoto and Servais were about their plan going into the season, they had to make the tough call and make a change. They both said this is a results-generated decision.
Mariner players must have been listening, because after the decision to release Martin was announced, their bats came alive and they scored 11 runs in their final game against Oakland that afternoon.
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The leadership of the Mariners made the tough call to move away from their $5 Million Dollar Player and focus on a virtually unknown player who is giving them three times the production at one tenth the expense. This decision was not based on a whim, it was based on results.
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As for the Mariners, their ‘success’ on the field continues. Their second game after releasing Martin they scored 9 runs. The only problem is they gave up 19. Well, tomorrow is a new day.
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Tom McTee, Super-Genius
Woodstock Media Group
On-Hold Concepts, Inc.
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