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Monday, July 04, 2005

Farewell, Boonie....

The Mariners have finally parted with Bret Boone, in a John Olerud-way, sanctimoniously designating him for assignment.

Mariners GM Bill Bavasi says that by designating Boone (meaning he either has to be: cut, traded, or sent to the minor leagues within 10 days) doesn't lose him any leverage in being able to deal the second baseman. Unfortunately, Bavasi seems to have forgotten that all MLB teams can wait out the 10 days, force the Mariners to cut Boone and leave them to pay all of Boone's remaining salary for this year, and then sign him for the MLB minimum for the rest of the season. Nice move; real smart.

No longer will fans get to chant "BOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!" when Bret Boone is coming to the plate. No longer will fans get treated to "Here comes the BOONE" music when Boonie is walking to the plate. And fans will no longer get to see the patented-Bret-Boone-bat-flip.

I've advocated trading Boone for a while now, but I haven't ever advocated this type of move. To designate for assignment a player of Boone's stature (both in the game and in the community) is a stupid move. The Mariners management should have waited to make a deal for Boonie, not cut him like this (the same way they kicked Olerud out the door). While Boone has not lived up to his hype (or his contract), he did a lot for baseball in Seattle, and to treat him this way is a very poor way of handling a great player.

As of this writing, the Mariners are 34-46, 4th place in the AL West, 15.5 games out of 1st place.

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