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
Considering that most modern pitchers do not hit for themselves from college through the minors, that's pretty much what they are reduced to. The National Leauge is the only one that mandates pitchers hit for themselves.