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Shipwrecked: A Peoples' History of the Seattle Mariners [Kindle Edition]

Jon Wells , Dan Levant
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From "Moneyball," baseball fans have learned about the complicated relationship between money and success. The question now for Seattle Mariner fans is whether the current ownership will spend the money to give fans the team they have dreamed of and earned with years of support.

In "Shipwrecked," Jon Wells, a baseball writer and publisher who has covered the team for more than fifteen years, asserts that poor management and shortsighted ownership kept 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 team’s 35-year history. But wait, there’s 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?
EXTRAS: *Best and worst trades *All-time best and worst players *Ranking the managers *Infamous quotes


Editorial Reviews

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"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

"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

"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 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

"This is not a warm and fuzzy recounting of the glory days that ends with Junior grinning below a jubliant dogpile of teammates." --Keegan Hamilton, the Seattle Weekly

"Jon Wells has a satisfying writing style and obvious affection for a franchise he wishes had been much better." --Mike Henderson, Crosscut

"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

"It's fair, it's fun, and it's written out of frustration and love." -- --Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard

"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

"This is not a warm and fuzzy recounting of the glory days that ends with Junior grinning below a jubliant dogpile of teammates." --Keegan Hamilton, the Seattle Weekly

"Jon Wells has a satisfying writing style and obvious affection for a franchise he wishes had been much better." --Mike Henderson, Crosscut

"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

"It's fair, it's fun, and it's written out of frustration and love." ----Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard

About the Author

A native of New York state, Jon Wells is a former entertainment lawyer who lives with his wife in West Seattle.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1873 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Epicenter Press; 1 edition (March 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M4V8CG
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding read, impressive book. April 19, 2012
By Chief
Format:Paperback
Jon Wells has done the unthinkable. Mr Wells has written a book on the trials and tribulations of the Seattle Mariners, and he has hit it out of the park. Where 'Moneyball' shows a winning team with little money, this book is about the exact opposite.

This homerun of a book reveals the inner workings of the most dysfunctional team in baseball. The Mariners near misses and never happened trades, contracts, and extremely poor upper management blunders, just to make money for the owners.

Mr. Wells should be commended on his amazing book. 5 Stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Wells has a sharp pen and he spares no prisoners April 12, 2012
By Ken Lee
Format:Paperback
Jon Wells unleashes a torrent of information (some public; some confidential) about the inner workings
of the Mariners. Like MoneyBall, this book has a way of drawing you into a very specific world of athletes, managers,
stats, and greed in a way this is compelling and fun.

Recommended for any baseball fan or student of management, or, this particular case, mismanagement.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read for Mariners Fans April 12, 2012
By Lance
Format:Paperback
Jon Wells tells a very critical history of the Seattle Mariners franchise. He skims over the first 15 seasons of the franchise in just one condensed chapter and then continues to do a individual season per chapter breakdown with other random chapters (such as 10 best trades, 10 worst trades, 10 best managers, etc.) inserted in-between. He is very critical of the executives such as Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln and the moves of multiple past General Managers, yet ends the book with some guarded optimism about the team with current GM, Zduriencik.

One of my frustrations with this book is that Wells looks back at all the trades and free agent signings that went wrong in the past with perfect hindsight, yet fails to focus on the draft picks or trades that went well. This book entertains Mariners fans by releasing details on why Hargrove mysteriously resigned or why Randy Johnson, Griffey, and A-Rod left town. I think casual baseball fans will get bored reading about the detailed history of the Seattle Mariners but for any Mariners fan that is curious about the details and motives of player trades and signings I would recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shipwrecked indeed! May 9, 2012
By Terry H
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
John Wells writes an engaging, easy-to-read history of the Seattle Mariners. The book points out the many baseball blunders ownership and management have made over the years in the name of making a buck! Current Mariner management has the mindset that running a baseball team is a business, and the bottom line reigns supreme. The author takes you through seasons in such a way, that you feel like you've been there. It brings back many a great moment as well as low ones. Remember Lou Pinella's frustration of not being able to add that bat during the middle of the season? John Wells does an excellent job of bringing the behind the scenes doings into these moments in history. A great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quintessential book on the Seattle Mariners! May 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
Wow, this is the book I've been waiting for for! As a long
suffering Mariners fan I always knew that the team was poorly run, but I
didn't know how badly until I read Shipwrecked. It really makes no sense
how Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln keep their jobs. All the high
moments of the franchise are here along with the many low moments,
including inside accounts of some of the more bizarre moments in M's
history and amusing anecdotes about the Mariners' early years. Want to know
why Mike Hargrove and Lou Piniella quit? How the M's managed to lose
Griffey, Johnson and Rodriguez? Why Seattle has become the laughingstock of
baseball in the last decade? It's all here - well written, wicked sense
of humor and irony, an overall great read. I couldn't put it down, finished
it in half a week!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seattle Mariners need change of ownership/leadership November 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I rated this book 5 stars because it is spot on about the decline of the Mariners in the last ten years. Uncaring ownership regards winning baseball teams versus net profits. Hiring bad general managers that had no eye for a deal or long term player ability. Raising ticket prices almost yearly despite losing seasons. This is what comes from foreign ownership and no baseball savvy in the everyday leadership. Lincoln and Armstrong need to go run a Hedge Fund or some other money grubbing enterprise and leave baseball to the knowledgable souls who love it for the right reasons. The baseball fans of Seattle need to take action (boycott) against these rotten minded shysters until they go away. As for Mr. Nintindo, who has apparently never seen the Mariners play a game, but dictates what players will or will not become Mariners (especially Japanese players) and demands profitability over winning. He should be banned from ownership and MLB. I have not attended a Mariners game in the last three years and do not intend to do so until the ship is in some capable hands that steer it to reasonable success.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Any Seattle Sports Fan August 26, 2012
Format:Paperback
As a native Seattlelite and life long Seattle sports fan it was shocking and painful to read this book, but it was a book that needed to be written. Thank you Mr. Wells for exposing why the Mariners have been so bad and disappointing over the years. The bottom line is this book shows what can happen to a franchise that has an absentee owner who doesn't care about winning only about making a profit. So you get a vicious domino affect with Lincoln and Armstrong having no pressure on them to win so they have kept their jobs way too long and henceforth they are incompetent and have either hired incompetent gms Woodward and Bavasi and managers and chased off competent managers Pinella and gms Gillick and they have chased off hall of fame players too Armstrong chased Randy Johnson out of town saying his back problem was a risk what back problem he won 4 more Cy Young awards after he left. Randy Johnson leaving in his prime cost the Mariners a World Series title there is no doubt about that.... but still Chuck Armstrong kept his job unbelievable.

There was no accountability for Armstong or Lincoln as far as winning just that they make a buck so with that the insanity continued bad trade after bad trade...hall of famers Junior and Arod and Big Unit who never should have left town a hall of fame manager Pinella and gm Gillick who pleaded management to get the team one more bat and arm before trade deadline but got nothing and both had enough and left. Woodward and Bavasi trading away star prospects and getting nothing in return. Also we know now why Hargrove resigned during the middle of the season with the team at 44 and 33 record in contention it is because he and Ichiro didn't get along and Ichiro said either he goes or I don't resign at the end of the year.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars "M" is for Morose
Cheerless, Cranky, Cushioned. Although "Shipwrecked" does have a lot of information, the overall tone in which it's presented reminds me of a frustrated fan filling his beers with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tim Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Armstrong and Lincoln= David stern?
great book, it seemingly gives all of us m's fans a behind the scenes look at probably the sorriest excuse for upper management since baseball began. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kasey fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, and a sad one
So sad to read about the pathetic management and ownership of the Mariners. It certainly makes you hope that the current management will pass away soon!
Published 10 months ago by Scott Schroeder
4.0 out of 5 stars Now I get it!
On the whole I enjoyed the book...I also felt he repeated himself a bit too often. Perhaps it was designed so a reader could choose chapters he/she is most interested in without... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Beverly Schoen
4.0 out of 5 stars A great summary of a history of being so close yet so far away
An excellent read from a person who has seen the highs and lows of the Mariners and watched so many opportunities be shot down by a cost controlling front office who seem to think... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brett Stafford
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Mariners' Fans
This is an eye-opening tale of the history of the Mariners. The most upsetting thing to me is the number of truly bad trades made by management. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Judy A. Brandon
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what we wanted
Gift to a relative and it was just what he wanted. He glibbed the sauce from the burple infant guffton.
Published 16 months ago by Robert Bandel
1.0 out of 5 stars A terrible book.
I wish I could give this book no stars at all! From the very begging it was a bad read. And that was the sad thing was it never got better. Read more
Published 16 months ago by The dude.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for die-hards.
If you're a Mariners lifer you have to read this. It is very eye opening and while it will certainly make you angry, you'll learn from it too.
Published 19 months ago by Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars For the few remaining mariner fans who still don't understand how...
Great overview (with an attitude) of mariner screwup and shortsightedness. A little redundant at times. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Alan S. Levine
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