1. lar said...

    Probably a smart thing for Lou to say, since a lot of people seem to think that something went wrong with that group. But that’s a misconception, I think.

    As USS Mariner points out, there really was only 1 or 1.5 years where those three greats – A-rod, Griffey, and Johnson – played together, and they did rather well that year. They lost in the playoffs, but that happens sometimes.

    I took a look at that team on wezen-ball a few weeks ago, and it obviously was fantastic. But, honestly, it probably wasn’t the best young group of guys ever. For that, you’d want to look at the ‘72 Reds or ‘55 Braves (and it took each of those teams 3 or 4 years together before winning a Series).

    Still, that team was fantastic, and it would’ve been nice to see them play together for 3 more years or so. It could’ve been another Big Red Machine.

  2. Travis M. Nelson said...

    It’s easy to throw out a handful of recognizable names and say that they should have won more.  heck, in Lou’s defense, he did win: 3 division titles and a WC in 10 years, plus a 93-win season in which they finished 3rd. 

    Considering that (after Randy) they didn’t have any pitching at all until late in the decade, it’s amazing that they managed that run in the 1995 playoffs. 

    But an argument can be made, based solely on correlation, that he *did* screw it up: By leaving.  His forcing a “trade” to Tampa Bay brought an end to Seattle’s postseason appearances, and the team is now on its 5th different manager since he left.  Granted, that’s more the fault of the ownership not replacing the departed talent, but still, a case can be made…

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