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Report: Dysfunction in Mariners' front office, ownership

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09:55 AM ET 12.08 | The Mariners' front office is plagued by "total dysfunction and a lack of leadership," according to former manager Eric Wedge. Wedge and other former and current team employees describe problems at the top of the organization. Wedge sat simmering in a Safeco Field conference room as his bosses laid into him. It was 14 months ago, two days after the 2012 season, and Mariners president Chuck Armstrong unleashed what Wedge calls "a ferocious, venom-filled tirade" about the team, coaches and players. Armstrong told him the club "sickened" him and was "disgusting" and "disturbing," while Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln agreed and added choice barbs of his own. Wedge said general manager Jack Zduriencik had assured him earlier that the duo was pleased with the 75-87 team, winners of eight more games than in 2011 and 14 more than in 2010. Now, he felt blindsided and let down by Zduriencik. He waited until Lincoln was done, then, unable to hold back, let him and Armstrong know how he felt. "It got real heated," Wedge said. "I started fighting back with Chuck and Howard and it got loud."

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Jack Zduriencik, Eric Wedge, Getty Images Jack Zduriencik, Eric Wedge, Getty Images
December 8, 2013  10:07 AM ET

Don't worry, Cano. Your money is still guaranteed.

December 8, 2013  10:20 AM ET

Has there ever been function?

December 8, 2013  10:32 AM ET

It sounds like Wedge added to that dysfunction.

December 8, 2013  10:37 AM ET

That explains the contract to Cano.

December 8, 2013  10:41 AM ET

Reading the whole article, it is one of the best reporting jobs I have seen in a long long time. Wow!

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December 8, 2013  11:44 AM ET

He needs an atomic Wedgie.

December 8, 2013  11:45 AM ET
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December 8, 2013  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Show me your boobs.

There's an odd crook to her neck.

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December 8, 2013  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It sounds like Wedge added to that dysfunction.

Perhaps. If you read the full article, it is a pretty damning assessment of upper "mis"management which contributed to Wedge's downfall, and not vice versa

December 8, 2013  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Reading the whole article, it is one of the best reporting jobs I have seen in a long long time. Wow!

It's an impressive article to say the least.

December 8, 2013  12:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Show me your boobs.

.com ???

December 8, 2013  12:10 PM ET
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December 8, 2013  02:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't worry, Cano. Your money is still guaranteed.

nothing that the mariners can do now,,,

December 8, 2013  02:23 PM ET

when the front office and the whole organization its in limbo,the team can only go one way
and that's backwards,,,

December 8, 2013  02:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

nothing that the mariners can do now,,,

...except cry when reality set in..

 
December 8, 2013  05:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Reading the whole article, it is one of the best reporting jobs I have seen in a long long time. Wow!

I also like that someone is on the record in this story (Wedge) instead of "unnamed sources". And given what's reported here, it makes the Cano signing look like some sort of knee jerk move by desperate people.

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