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They Might Be Mariners, Ep. 9: Reviewing Seattle’s draft history - 2013-2015

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Looking to the past to avoid falling in the same traps in the future.

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Houston Astros v Seattle Mariners
Can things go differently this time, D.J.?
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John, Kate, and Joe coalesce to discuss something far less appealing than the upcoming draft: Seattle Mariners drafts of the past. Specifically, looking at the waning years of the Jack Zduriencik regime, and what happened with the 2013, 2014, and 2015 drafts. Plenty went wrong, obviously, but many of the picks made sense at the time, and only with the benefit of hindsight can we piece together how truly awry things went. Together, we try to put ourselves in the mindset of those drafts, and draw connections between the decisions made then and what might lie ahead in the 2020 draft.

A healthy discussion on player development, communication, and what we all want to see next from the Dipoto regime comes in the final third of the episode. Yes, Alex Jackson, D.J. Peterson, and Gareth Morgan failed to meet expectations, but Seattle’s recent trend of choices has erred (successfully thus far) towards security over ceiling. Can they prove able to unlock the high ceilings Jack Z’s regime coveted but could not develop?

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Music: “The Tune Up” - Stalley / “CHANCES” - KAYTRANADA

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