Today’s surprising resignation by Mariners manager Mike Hargrove could have a major effect on our world. That is, the trade and signing world of MLBTR.
Ken Rosenthal has a new video up at FOXSports discussing the Hargrove resignation. Rosenthal mentions the well-known fact that Ichiro did not have a great relationship with Hargrove. He speculates that the resignation could affect Ichiro’s decision on whether to stay in Seattle after this season.
Rosenthal adds that Ichiro likes new Mariners manager John McLaren. The bigger factor, though, has likely always been Ichiro’s desire to play for a winning team. The Mariners, at a surprising 45-33, are just one game out of the Wild Card (trailing the Tigers). It’s starting to look like there’s a good chance the Mariners retain Ichiro. Which player would be shifted to right field, Ichiro or superprospect Adam Jones?
By the way, if the season ended today, the playoff matchups would be as follows:
Tigers vs. Angels
Indians vs. Red Sox
Brewers vs. Dodgers
Mets vs. Padres