The big story besides the crappy All-Star picks is the fact that Mike Hargrove, the manager of the Seattle Mariners, has decided to retire today. According to Hargrove, he just can’t give his team what they deserve and has decided it would be better if he just walked away. While that sounds very noble and all, what’s more surprising is no other team has been as successful since May 22 and the Mariner’s are currently on a 7 game winning streak (and 8 after today).
So while every commentator and talking head is giving Hargrove the free pass and the benefit of the doubt, I’m here to call it as it is: selfish. Look, it might seem like it would be a good thing to resign from a team that you can’t control or is failing under your coaching. In such a situation, it might be better for the team if you call it a day. But when it comes to a team that is four games back from the best team in the AL while riding an 8 game winning streak, why would you think that you were not doing enough for your team? Why would you presume that you just aren’t giving your team everything that they deserve?
Look, Hargrove might have a very legitimate reason for leaving his position at the Mariners. All I am saying is don’t give us some B.S. about your team deserving more. Instead, just tell us its personal and leave it at that. Otherwise, you are no better than a guy I know by the name of Ricky Williams, and his reasons didn’t turn out to be all that great.