A Peoples' History of the Seattle Mariners
Jon Wells, a baseball writer who has covered the Seattle Mariners for more than 15 years, asserts that poor management and shortsighted ownership combined to keep a team with three first-ballot Hall of Fame players, each in the prime of his career, from reaching the World Series. Wells details every misstep by the Mariners during the teamís 35-year history. But wait, thereís hope! Can General Manager Jack Zduriencik bring in enough young talent to make this club a contender again, as he did for the Milwaukee Brewers?
Includes 45 color photos, most of which have not been published elsewhere.
"Shipwrecked ... shows how poorly we as fans have been treated. I'm hoping others will read this and get what I think is the main point. In the end, it is up to us as fans to rise up and say that enough is enough, and that we deserve better.
--Greg Barbrick, Blogcritics.org
"This is not a warm and fuzzy recounting of the glory days that ends with Ken Griffey Junior grinning below a jubilant dogpile of teammates." --Keegan Hamilton, Seattle Weekly
"If you're a Seattle baseball fan wondering how an affluent franchise, in an era of MLB parity, can be the only American League team never to make a World Series, you'll know after reading Shipwrecked."
----Art Thiel, Sportspress Northwest, author of Out of Left Field
Itís fair, itís fun, and itís written out of frustration and love. -- Eugene Register-Guard
"Shipwrecked is a great read that, despite everything, holds out hope for the future--that's the beauty and heartbreak of baseball."--Mike Dillon, Seattle City Living
"A sobering, brutally honest look at the moves and misfires of one of baseball's last two teams to never make the World Series."
--Geoff Baker, Seattle Times
"A must read for all long-suffering Mariner fans."
----Dave Mahler, KJR Sportsradio, Seattle
"Seattle baseball fans will enjoy this sometimes fun, often critical, and always thorough history of the Mariners' ups and all-too-many downs."
--Jim Caple, ESPN.com
"Nobody, and I mean nobody, knows the Mariners like Jon Wells knows the Mariners."
----Rob Neyer, National Baseball Editor, SB Nation
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A native of New York state, Jon Wells is a former entertainment lawyer who lives with his wife in West Seattle.