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Ichiro Better Watch His Back

Posted by Mike on September 25, 2008

Dummy me always thought that Ichiro was well-liked by his teammates. How could he not be ? Especially after all those profanity laced speeches he gives before every All-Star games. How could you not love a guy, who minutes before the All-Star game is due to start, comes out of nowhere and starts to call the National League team a bunch of homo’s and many other names. Well, apparently according to the Seattle Times, the rest of the Seattle Mariners team doesn’t like Ichiro. So much so that according to the Seattle Times, they were going to go after the Japanese import:

And it was a clubhouse in need of some direction, given the problems engulfing it as the season came undone. When it came to Ichiro, who got off to a typically slow start in April and part of May, the internal turmoil nearly hit its boiling point.

“I just can’t believe the number of guys who really dislike him,” said one clubhouse insider. “It got to a point early on when I thought they were going to get together and go after him.”

The coaching staff and then-manager John McLaren intervened when one player was overheard talking — in reference to Ichiro — about wanting to “knock him out.” A team meeting was called to clear the air.

It was a repeat of May 2007, when Mike Hargrove was in charge and a team meeting had to be called during a series at Tampa Bay because of clubhouse bickering over Ichiro being a “selfish” player.

Ichiro this year had to battle a midseason hamstring problem, and he was shifted from center field back to right because McLaren thought Ichiro was a better defender in the corner. While Ichiro is said to have recovered from his injury, his stolen-base totals dropped as the season progressed. He also did not get to some balls in the gap and the right-field corner at times, prompting more clubhouse complaints that he cared only about piling up hits instead of sitting out to heal properly.

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