So, what do you think of Eric Wedge, the disciplinarian?
My latest column -- on Mariners manager Eric Wedge and the fine line he walks as he tries to get more out of the Mariners without losing them -- is accompanied by The Seattle Times' poll question du jour (What do you think of Wedge's discipline?).
If you haven't done so already, click on the above link to hear my thoughts on Wedge. Here's gist in four paragraphs:
Wedge is doing what he was hired to do. He's trying to bring discipline and accountability to this team, and if you recall some of the unprofessionalism and borderline buffoonery that plagued the clubhouse before Wedge arrived — during the 2008 and 2010 seasons in particular — then you know his approach is necessary.
Still, I'm wondering two things as he attempts to transform the ballclub.
Will his discipline be selective or universal?
And if he does wind up prodding every underperforming player in the same manner, can he do so without alienating, or even intimidating, too much of the team?
Now, it's your turn to respond by voting in the poll below and/or dropping a line in the comments section. I'm working on a big quarter-season report about the Mariners, who will hit the 40-game mark later this week. So I am going to be throwing several questions at you about the M's over the next few days to get your take and see how they match up with my thoughts.
Let's start with Wedge and talk more later today.