It’s December, which means the calendar year is coming to a close. But the Major League Baseball offseason is just beginning. For the Seattle Mariners, it will be the end of a disappointing year as they’ll be eager to put 2013 in the rear-view mirror.
The next 365 days will prove to be paramount for the Mariners and will hold major consequences for the future of the franchise. Don’t believe me?
I’ll start with the most recent news from the Seattle front office: the retirement of long time Mariner President Chuck Armstrong. For 28 years over two separate tenures, Armstrong’s contentious reign at the helm in Seattle had its ups and downs. For years, a decent and growing share of the Mariner fan base has been calling for the head of Armstrong, as well as CEO Howard Lincoln. Poor decision making on the baseball side of operations over the past decade has cultivated an attitude of resentment towards the front office in Seattle.
Effective January 31st of 2014, Armstrong will...