I think it's emblematic of the wholesale apathy of the M's fan base that Felix Hernandez could throw a 9-inning shutout of the Texas Rangers and there isn't even a post about it, much less a gameday thread.
If the owners are interested in selling, they'd better do it soon, because the interest of the fans is in free fall, and that can't enhance the value of the franchise.
To be honest Bro I'm tired of all the negativeness on this board it was draining the life out of me. Felix throws a shutout... Zunino has a great game... The M's win all is talked about is how Smoak this...Wedge $&:;b. etc...
"It reminds me of the saying misery loves company". Now I know why all the old posters left Izzy, I8mybike etc...
I should add that I understand criticism, venting, PO'd I do it as well. What kind of fans are we if we don't care and show some emotion.
However some of the hyperbole is ridiculous.
37-52. 16.5 games out of the division lead. On track for a 3rd straight year of under 70 wins. Some of the hyped young talents are stumbling. Ms fans do not have to look very far for justification to be gloomy. A periodic gem from Felix only goes so far.
> Some of the hyped young talents are stumbling.
OH be quiet. If you had even the slightest clue about how a typical player development path works I might care what you have to say.
"OH be quiet. If you had even the slightest clue about how a typical player development path works I might care what you have to say."
OK I want you to list off MULTIPLE players that have struggled to this extent at this stage of their development and turned out to be good players. Again I am talking about many that fall under this pattern and not just a few outliers. Show me many so that I know the chances are good.
Look at this list of batters 24 and under:
Then look at these Baseball America rankings:
Montero ranked right below Trout, Harper and Stanton. What happened?
The question these lists suggest to me is, why are the Mariners prospects universally underperforming players of the same age and comparable rank? Why is Mike Trout an MVP candidate while Jesus Montero, with the same batting rank from Baseball America, continues to slide into sub-replacement-level performance? And Montero is the bright spot! Smoak's batting rank was right up there with Trout and Stanton, and he's a complete bust. Ackley, too, was among the top prospects, and he's on the skids. One can't say "well, this is just the development curve for young hitters." Apparently, Trout, Stanton, Goldschmidt, Altuve, Harper, Lawrie, etc., didn't get the memo.
Sorry, but there's something wrong with this franchise and its handling of young hitters.