Heyman On Valentine, Macha, Mariners

MLB executives told Jon Heyman of SI.com that they’d be happy to ignore Felix Hernandez’s relatively low win total and hand him the Cy Young Award because of how well he has pitched this year. Here are the managerial rumblings that Heyman’s hearing:

  • Bobby Valentine would likely be a candidate to manage in the Bronx if Joe Girardi moves on after the season. That seems unlikely, however.
  • Ken Macha won’t likely return to manage the Brewers next year, but bench coach Willie Randolph doesn’t appear to be the favorite to replace Macha. Bob Melvin could be a candidate, as Heyman suggested last week.
  • Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik is on "shaky ground” according to people around baseball. Zduriencik admitted to Heyman that he should have looked into Josh Lueke’s background more carefully before acquiring him from the Rangers.

19 Responses to Heyman On Valentine, Macha, Mariners Leave a Reply

  1. I believe Macha’s contract is up at the end of the season so he technically wouldn’t be fired.

    • Sage 5 years ago

      He has an option year for 2011, which is very likely to be declined. So, it would technically be firing him, but also technically not firing him.

    • Technically he won’t be the Brewers manager anymore. That’s all that matters, technically.

  2. TheHotCorner 5 years ago

    I have always felt wins are overrated when deciding the Cy Young Award. What if you had the unfortunate position of being a pitcher with no run support or a bullpen that can’t hold a lead? I think quality starts are more important then wins. For me the question is did you put your team in a position to win rather then did you get the win. So I would have abosolutely no problem seeing King Felix win the Cy Young award.

  3. KStrickTech 5 years ago

    I’m not following. What is the problem with Josh Lueke? I haven’t heard anything of him since the Lee deal.

    • You’re joking, right?

      Jack Z should be no the hot seat but that’s it, he shouldn’t lose his job for this. He hasn’t had a good year but remember back before the season started, he was going to be the consensus GM of the year. The Bradley deal backfired and Griffey was a bust, nothing else went right. The Lee deal was actually a good one, both acquiring and trading, except for the Lueke fiasco. Still, the kid has talent and if given the opportunity he could help the Mariners so if they can get over it everything might turn out alright.

      • KStrickTech 5 years ago

        Nah, man, I don’t follow Seattle, and I hadn’t heard about him since the deal. NOTHING. Seriously, bud, WHO, with a straight face, would have convinced anyone Carlos Silva would have a halfway decent season after the crap he’s handed out his entire career? Who would have known Griffey and the manager would cause the falling out (it wasn’t just Griffey’s .184 BA, .204 OBP, especially after doing halfway decent the season earlier)I didn’t know of Lueke’s rape allegations so I was just as in the dark (I’d imagine) as Z was. I had no causal reason to search for baseball minor leaguers accused of rape, so thanks for the incentive. However, according to Z himself, Lueke wasn’t even the incentive, he was just a “thrown in to complete” player. Seattle really only wanted Smoak and Blake Beavan, and when Texas threw in Lueke, Seattle saw his good K/BB’s ratio.

        • Lueke’s rape thing was huge, and I heard about it as soon as it was reported. To say that a GM didn’t is a downright lie that’s insulting the intelligence of the Mariners fans.

          • KStrickTech 5 years ago

            Fair enough, I don’t get the opportunity to follow baseball as much as I used to due to college obligations. However, I strongly agree that rape is a HUGE issue (as is domestic abuse and the like), which realistically should negate you from being able to play in the Majors (or, arguably, baseball in general). Lubbock, TX doesn’t have a huge baseball market, so I find it very difficult to get baseball news excluding this website, nor do I know where to look to find minor league news an reports.

      • AllynC 5 years ago

        The Lueke fiasco is being blown out of proportion. I sure would have liked to talk to his attorney when this was going down. A girl is picked up by 4 guys, drunk on her butt, kissed 4 guys. Wakes up to find she has had sex with 2 of them, and cries “poor me”. I think that Lueke was more of a fool and a dupe than a sexual prdator.

      • AllynC 5 years ago

        The Lueke fiasco is being blown out of proportion. I sure would have liked to talk to his attorney when this was going down. A girl is picked up by 4 guys, drunk on her butt, kissed 4 guys. Wakes up to find she has had sex with 2 of them, and cries “poor me”. I think that Lueke was more of a fool and a dupe than a sexual prdator.

  4. yazpik 5 years ago

    King Felix deserves the Cy Young, is the best pitcher in the AL, and maybe in MLB, Sabathia is good, Price is good, Lee is good, but Felix is the best

    • Yeah I definetly agree with you. Too bad sports writers use the Triple Crown stats and factor in if the team he’s on is good.

      • moonraker45 5 years ago

        Well if they use Triple Crown stats Felix is winning 2 out of 3 in the AL.. Strikeouts and ERA… Wins obviously he is off by a lot, but so was Grienke last year, so you have to hope that they’ll get it right.

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      The kid is nothing short of brilliant. It’s his 5th full year, he has a career Era of 3.22 (and its lowering) and he’s only 24. He was born to pitch and deserves the cy young in 2010 by a landslide

  5. Agreed, from a Yank fan. I’d love to see CC win a Cy Young for the Yanks, but I’d give up any award really just to win a WS. Besides, King Felix looks like he has been here for a long while, and yet he’s only 24, and deep in his prime. He has tremendous stuff, and not only that, overpowering you isn’t what he does, even though he’s fully capable of doing that. Felix makes quality pitches with pinpoint control. If he had run support he would have had at least 21-22 Wins right now.

  6. Sage 5 years ago

    Bob Melvin! Wow, he’s actually the one managerial candidate that I had not even considered when thinking about who is going to replace Macha. I do like the guy, and I’d like to see him managing the Brewers. As far as I can tell, he’s a happy medium between the temperaments of Ken Macha (asleep in the dugout, “whatever” attitude) and [former manager] Ned Yost (lots of aggression, yelling). Seems like a pretty likeable guy, and I think that will be good for the Brewers’ clubhouse. Regardless of who the next manager is, I’m just looking forward to hearing about it.

  7. marichal27 5 years ago

    jack the sprat z. should be on the hot seat for putting together a shizty team.

  8. Who’s replacing Doug Melvin? He’s the real reason why this team sucks. He hangs on to guys way too long until they have no value. Fielder is the latest example. Don’t expect much in return. Possibly a couple average prospects.

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