Jerry Dipoto has been with the Mariners for only a third of the team’s 21-year playoff drought, but he’s understanding of how Seattle’s untimely slump in the last week is being received by a postseason-starved fanbase.
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“I said it last night, and I say this somewhat jokingly – we are feeding the anxieties of 20 years of disappointment with Mariners fans,” Seattle’s president of baseball operations and general manager said Thursday morning on Seattle Sports’ Jerry Dipoto Show.
The Mariners went into play Thursday having lost five of their last six games, including back-to-back losses to the last-place Oakland Athletics where Seattle’s offense managed just two runs and five hits combined. Even so, they haven’t lost much ground in the wild card chase, sitting four games ahead of Baltimore for the final postseason berth in the American League (technically 4 1/2 games as Seattle owns the tiebreaker over the Orioles).
“We’re still in a very good position,” Dipoto said. “Right now we’re not our own friend, (but) right now we are being helped greatly by the fact that other contending teams decided that this was also going to be their time to go through the ‘We can’t score’ desert. While we’ve been struggling, until last night I don’t think we lost a single game in the standings, and that’s probably the silver lining in our struggle.”
Not that it makes watching the Mariners’ struggle any easier.
“As far as the frustrations go, we feel it just like anybody who’s watching the game, just like the fan watches, just like everybody who works at the Mariners,” Dipoto said of Seattle’s baseball operations. “And we want this as much for (the team) as they want it for them, but you can’t push it, you can’t force …read more
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