Thank you Baby Jesus, Bill Bavasi is no more in Seattle. One of the most expensive and crappiest built teams in baseball can now move on from a long list of terrible signings and trades. I hope the M's clean house, I'd keep only The King, Morrow, and Ichiro because he draws a lot of fans to the ballpark.
From what I heard, Johjima will be with the team until the rapture since the owners don't want to lose a Japanese 'star.' Of course, this stagnates Jeff Clement, but, well, nobody said Mariners ownership was smart.
Bavasi is one of those guys who wouldn't have gotten a job in the first place if it wasn't for his last name. Hopefully he never gets the chance to ruin another team ever again.
“How is it that I am a good actor? What I do is I... pretend to be the person I’m portraying. You’re confused. Case in point: in Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson comes to me and says ‘I would like you to be Gandalf the Wizard,’ and I said ‘You are aware that I am not really a wizard?’ and Peter Jackson said ‘I would like you to use your acting skills to portray a wizard for the duration of the show.’ So I said ‘Okay’ and then I said to myself ‘Mmm.. How do I do that?’ And this is what I did: I imagined that I was a wizard, and then I pretended, and acted, in that way on the stage. How did I know what to say? The words were written down for me in a script. How did I know where to stand? People told me where to stand." -- Sir Ian McKellen, Extras
I think what hurt Rice was that as a power hitter he peaked earlier in his career (only 1 season after 79 with 30+ homers). He was a consistent .300 and 100 RBI though for pretty much the rest of his career.