Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/22/12
IwaWHOma? As the Seattle Mariners get closer to the start of the regular season, manager Eric Wedge and the rest of his coaching staff have a lot of decisions to be made in regards to the finalization of the 25-man roster. Of the many difficult decisions, the 5-man rotation was made public around 3:30pm Seattle time. Wedge announced his rotation, which will open up in Japan and ultimately start the 2012 regular season in Oakland. Outside of the obvious in RHP Felix Hernandez and LHP Jason Vargas,  Blake Beavan, Hector Noesi, and Kevin Millwood wound up winning the remaining spots. There was a stiff competition throughout spring for rotation spots 3 thru 5 with Charlie Furbush, and Erasmo Ramirez both stating their case for entry in the rotation.  Ultimately this decision led to a few surprises, most notably, Japanese import Hisashi Iwakuma, who was relegated to the bullpen. Did Eric Wedge make the right call? I believe so. There is a good balance  of veteran experience with a treme...
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