How much does this argument annoy you every year "It's not the best player award, it's the 'Most Valuable Player' to that team"? Tom wants to know why there isn't a "Best Player" award to end the interpretation of who is the most "valuable" to the team. This comes to our attention because just one person (Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe) voted for Carmelo Anthony over LeBron James for MVP.
Aside from the Mariners offensive flaws, the Mariners have had some great pitching so far from the top 2 pitchers in the rotation in Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. The other three, however (Joe Saunders. Brandon Maurer, and Aaron Harang) have left something to be desired.
Did the "closed door meeting" help the turn-around of the Mariners? Eric Wedge let the team have it following the last road trip and the team has played better since. He says he'll have meetings like that about twice a year and you need to pick the moment to use it.