Point #1: Bavasi is a horrible GM.
Am I alone here, or do other people think Bill Bavasi is better suited for a job as the Mariner Moose than as the general manager? Since his arrival in November 2003, he has brought in countless "established veterans" (see: Scott Spiezio, Rich Aurilia, Matt Lawton, etc.) to plug up "holes" (see: Carlos Guillen) in a struggling offense. While most Bavasi acquisitions were decent players, they immediately flopped upon arrival in Seattle (and some returned to form after being dealt out of here). While this may be attributed to bad coaching, Bavasi's terrible results are impossible to disregard.
Point #2: Bavasi has no concept of baseball ethics.
The Jamie Moyer trade was decent from a baseball point of view. We traded an old guy for some young guys. Great. The Mariners fix two problems by trading one of our many struggling old players and restocking our somewhat depleted farm system. But. But, but but. As a Mariners fan since conception, I am... I don't want to say disgusted, but what else is there to say? Jamie has been a staple of Mariners baseball over the last 10 years. His arrival in 1996 immediately fueled the Mariners to playoff runs in 1997 and 2000, not to mention the fabulous 2001 season, in which they won an AL record 116 games. Jamie lives in the Magnolia district of Seattle, where he and his wife Karen set up the Moyer Foundation, an award-winning charitable organization that helps kids in "time of profound emotional, physical or financial distress" to enhance "overall wellness, stability and quality of life"*. Aside from this $8.5m donation to over 100 charities worldwide, the Moyers are very active in the Seattle community. Heck, I play baseball against one of his sons. While I understand that Moyer may have wanted a trade out of Seattle in hopes of a championship ring (I mean I would), we dealt him to... Philly? Ryan Howard and Chase Utley aside, the Phillies barely have a legitimate shot of even making the playoffs this year (most likely Moyer's final season). Goodness, just let the man retire where he had his best and longest run.
I am not going to watch Mariners baseball until Bavasi is unseated as GM. Whoever wants my Yankees tickets can contact me.
*Quoting the Moyer Foundation Mission Statement
Back like I never left
I'm saddened to see Moyer gone... but he did approve the trade.
Swing and a drive! This one is deep! This one is... over the fence and into the neighbor's yard!