Joh sits, Johnson plays
Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima was out of the lineup for today’s series finale against the Twins, but it had nothing to do with the two changeups he called for during Wednesday night’s one-run loss. The game plan all along was to start Rob Johnson.
Even so, manager Don Wakamatsu was not pleased with his first-string catcher calling for a Carlos Silva’s “third-best” pitch in the 6-5 loss.
The manager had a post-game meeting with Johjima and Silva to discuss the pitches that turned into a pair of two-run home runs.
“Believe me, as a former catcher, I don’t sit back there and say ‘that was a stupid call’,” Wakamatsu said this morning. “I was not trying to single anybody out, but it was getting down to what we need to do. We’re not pointing fingers. What we’re saying is what happened is not acceptable.”
While it might hurt a player’s ego to have his manager offer some critical comments, the Mariners new regime, including Wakamatsu and general manager Jack Zduriencik, seems to undertand that accountability is important — something the most recent regime never understood, or practiced.
To that, I say, “It’s about time.”
Wakamatsu had other things to say on the subject, which should be available any moment at mariners.com.
— Jim Street