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The M’s got a Benedict November 8, 2007

Posted by Brad in news.
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As expected, the Mariners did quickly fill the never-used shoes of third base coach Larry Bowa with another failed manager, Sam “Benedict” Perlozzo. (His middle name is Benedict; the quotes are for effect.) The P-I has manager John McLaren’s bland quote:

“Sammy and I have been friends for a long time… he has a history in Seattle, and he’s going to be a good fit here. He works with the players a lot behind the scenes, which I really like a lot.”

Yep, he really works with players. Perlozzo was initially passed over for the bench coach job by another ex-manager, Jim Riggleman. So now Perlozzo has to walk out onto the field 8 or 9 times a day, while Riggleman gets to whisper into Mac’s ear. Advantage: Riggleman, I guess.

Perlozzo was the M’s third base coach back in 1995 when Ken Griffey, Jr. scored the series-winning run against the Yankees, so if he can repeat the “skill” of waving home winning runs in the playoffs, I’d say he’s a good hire. But, if he instead repeats the “skill” of giving the take sign to a clean up hitter on a 3-1 count, it may be a long season again.

The Mariners’ press release says that Perlozzo, like Bowa (not) before him, will also coach Yuniesky and the rest of the infielders. It says Perlozzo had a hand in coaching Omar Vizquel, Mike Bordick and Cal Ripken, Jr., so he probably can teach Yuni and Jose Lopez a thing or two.

Perlozzo himself played 13 games in the majors, 12 at second base. His career might have tanked on September 12th, 1979, when he came in as a defensive replacement, and commited his lone major league error which let Dusty Baker score on what should’ve been a 6-4-3 double play hit by Johnny Oates. (It’s surprising that two other major league managers were in on that play.) After that season, Perlozzo was dumped off to the Japanese league, where he lasted one year. All that happened before Yuni (or I) was born, so it clearly will have an impact on next year’s season.



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