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Declining Ichiro must sit, and bunt

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08:15 AM ET 06.13 | If statistics don't lie, Ichiro is a player in a sharp decline, one the Mariners may no longer be able to ignore. Ichiro has to make concessions to his age. He needs to work the count more. If manager Eric Wedge wants him to lay down a sacrifice, he will have to do it. Wedge Rules trump Ichiro Rules. It's hard to believe, but the Mariners are in a division race, trailing Texas by only 1 1/2 games. ... But Wedge has to plan for the future as he manages in the present. He has to find places in the lineup for the kids -- Carlos Peguero, Greg Halman, Mike Carp. Some days, especially for Peguero and Halman, that place could be right field. When Wedge wants Ichiro to sit, Ichiro, for the good of the team, will have to sit.

The Seattle Times

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June 13, 2011  09:00 AM ET

How does one sit and bunt at the same time? Nice job of the media turning on the guy. Everyone ages, he's not immune to that.

June 13, 2011  09:03 AM ET

Don't you love it when beatwriters think they can write articles that will influence the manager's lineup decisions?

June 13, 2011  10:11 AM ET

Sharp decline? For one thing the guy has a complex approach to hitting that only he could pull off so well. He moves around a lot and I think if he could simplify his approach he may bounce back. I bet by the end of the year he's among the leaders in hits, somehow, someway. I should have my head examined for thinking I could give Ichiro pointers on hitting.

June 13, 2011  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Sharp decline? For one thing the guy has a complex approach to hitting that only he could pull off so well. He moves around a lot and I think if he could simplify his approach he may bounce back. I bet by the end of the year he's among the leaders in hits, somehow, someway. I should have my head examined for thinking I could give Ichiro pointers on hitting.

The Problem with Statistics is you can usually manipulate what your looking at to Jive with what your trying to say...

OMG... Ryan Braun put up the Golden Sombrero - he's in sharp decline :-)

Ichiro has been doing this for a long time (maybe since the Seattle beat writer has been in High School) - I'd give him the shot to work thru it...

June 13, 2011  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The Problem with Statistics is you can usually manipulate what your looking at to Jive with what your trying to say...OMG... Ryan Braun put up the Golden Sombrero - he's in sharp decline :-)Ichiro has been doing this for a long time (maybe since the Seattle beat writer has been in High School) - I'd give him the shot to work thru it...

And if you understand what you are looking at you can usually debunk the stathead myths.

June 13, 2011  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The Problem with Statistics is you can usually manipulate what your looking at to Jive with what your trying to say...OMG... Ryan Braun put up the Golden Sombrero - he's in sharp decline :-)Ichiro has been doing this for a long time (maybe since the Seattle beat writer has been in High School) - I'd give him the shot to work thru it...

Yeah the media always gets carried away. I'm rooting hard for Ichiro to once again get his 200+ hits and hit above .300. He's already done enough in MLB alone, in my opinion, to be a Hall of Famer.

June 13, 2011  01:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The Problem with Statistics is you can usually manipulate what your looking at to Jive with what your trying to say...OMG... Ryan Braun put up the Golden Sombrero - he's in sharp decline :-)Ichiro has been doing this for a long time (maybe since the Seattle beat writer has been in High School) - I'd give him the shot to work thru it...

I speak Jive.

June 13, 2011  02:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I speak Jive.

Nice :-)

June 13, 2011  03:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yeah the media always gets carried away. I'm rooting hard for Ichiro to once again get his 200+ hits and hit above .300. He's already done enough in MLB alone, in my opinion, to be a Hall of Famer.

Easily a first ballot HOFer.

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June 13, 2011  05:58 PM ET

his problem for been unable to get conssistently hits has to do either mental or mechanical but this player still has more to give to this sport regardless the age!!

June 13, 2011  07:38 PM ET

This non-article takes up about 12 lines, including 6 on Ichiro. That makes it a piece of worthless journalism. No serious details, no revelations, just something for a bored journalist to do, when he has nothing valid to write about. We are all more stupid for reading and responding to this idiot. Obviously, most respondents are just as ignorant, as all they could do is cut and paste previous comments.

June 13, 2011  08:54 PM ET

The Seattle media hasn't turned on Ichiro. Steve Kelley, The Seattle Times resident bomb thrower has. After 10+ years of HOF ball he's given up on him after a 5 week slump. By the way Ichiro hit .328 in the month of April including .447 in the last 11 games of the month.

I'm guessing he was getting tired of nobody reading his column.

 
June 13, 2011  09:47 PM ET

I tell you, it's all those hot dogs he's been eating.

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