LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — He might have been better off ignoring it, but Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik responded to a story in the Seattle Times that sometimes brutally questioned his qualifications and abilities to run a baseball team.
Zduriencik released a statement and later talked to reporters at the winter meetings Monday, addressing assertions made by former manager Eric Wedge and another former Mariners employee who said the M's front office was plagued by "total dysfunction and a lack of leadership."
In replying, Zduriencik attempts to paint Wedge as being disgruntled at not being given a contract extension. He did not address an assertion by Tony Blengino, his former top assistant, that Zduriencik misled the M's about a key part of his resume.
Here's the total statement by Zduriencik:
— Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) December 9, 2013
Zduriencik probably would have been better off saying nothing — having no comment at all. Partially addressing it with vague answers will only lead to more people reading the Seattle Times story — and to people hacing more embarrassing questions. His best hope now is to win with Robinson Cano and others and forget about what's happened before.
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