Thursday, July 26, 2007

JJ Putz Credits Mike Hargrove with Team Chemistry that Built Results

"Asked the secrets to Seattle's surprising A.L.-best record since mid-May, he (Putz) pointed to an improved rotation, an offense that's producing in key situations
  • and a happier clubhouse.
Of course, improved clubhouse chemistry has been a byproduct of winning, but
  • Putz says the vibe has been different from Day 1."Mike Hargrove deserves credit for that," Putz says. "During spring training, he made a point of making sure guys who didn't talk to each other much got together. From then on, you could really see a change."
  • The Mariners haven't missed a beat since John McLaren replaced Hargrove, who resigned abruptly July 1. If anything, the club is even better. Two scouts who have seen the Mariners in July insist they'll stay in the postseason race. "Their lineup can hit, from top to bottom," says one. "And with that closer, they have one of the best bullpens in the league.""

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