SEATTLE - Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong assembled some members of the coaching staff in a clubhouse room this morning and ripped into them.
Armstrong says there's been a lack of improvement in individual players and an absence of urgency as the team has fallen to 17 games below .500.
General manager Bill Bavasi also held a closed-door chat with Manager John McLaren. McLaren came out and said he wants players to begin fearing for their jobs.
If the Mariners keep their current pace they'll lose 103 games this season. According to the Seattle Times, that would make them the first team in baseball history to lose 100 games with a payroll greater than $100 million.
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