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Rey Quiñones was the key player the Mariners sought when they dealt starting shortstop Spike Owen and starting outfielder Dave Henderson to the Red Sox. (Seattle also got Mike Brown, Mike Trujillo, John Christensen and a side of rice pilaf in the deal.) All three of the major trade pieces went on to hit under .200 for their respective teams. Henderson, however, hit the ALCS-winning home run and hit .400 in the World Series while Owen hit .366 in the ALCS and World Series combined. Quiñones and the rest of the Mariners hit the bar on their way to watching the World Series from home.
Mariners not a AAA team, Seattle coach insists
Rey Quiñones, manager of the Seattle Mariners — a New York Yankees AAA affiliate — insisted his team is a major league ball club on Wednesday, a few hours before his team lost a 5-4 decision to the Tampa Bay Rays.
"It's more than a little frustrating to hear people around major league baseball talk about our team as if we're not even in the same league," said Quiñones, the minor league manager. "We play in the American League West division, which has been traditionally accepted as a major league division. I don't know why others continue to denigrate us."
Quiñones received little support for his views across the league.
"He can talk his team up all he wants, but let's get real: the Mariners are a good farm club for the Yankees and several other AL squads," said Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette, fawning over a photo of future Hall-of-Famer Adam Jones — a former Mariner. "He's living in a fantasy world.
"Still, I think the Mariners have a shot to win the Pacific Coast League this year, if then can string some wins together," Duquette said.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington echoed Duquette's sentiments.
"I'm not sure we would be where we are without our farm teams like Seattle," Cherington said, thumbing through a stack of pictures including David Ortiz, Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe.
Quiñones did get support from Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who also claims his minor league club belongs in major league circles despite seeing the team's MLB membership rejected in 2009.
"I just want to see other teams recognize that we are a major league team, even if we don't catch and throw and hit the ball the same way or play by the same rules," Luhnow said.
Current Yankee Ichiro Suzuki, who played several seasons in Seattle before realizing the club's minor league status, said he appreciated his time as a Mariner as he watched other ballplayers learn the rudiments of the baseball.
"There's nothing I'd like to see more than the Mariners become a real, major league team someday," Ichiro said through an interpreter. "After all, one day the cub becomes the lion and no longer sees the zebra as something to be feared, but rather something to be eaten."
Quiñones made the announcement at a rare, in-person press conference featuring live people and a few bewildered reporters, circumventing the traditionally accepted standard of simply tweeting such comments while in the john.
The Rey Quiñones Files is a series detailing an alternate universe where … well, almost everything is the same. Except former Mariner shortstop Rey Quiñones is the manager.