If you’ve read the comments of nearly any post I’ve written in the last few months, you’ve probably seen someone reference #6org, the popular twitter hashtag meme that was born out of our pre-season organizational rankings. A lot of people objected to that ranking when it came out, and the fact that the Mariners have been a disaster this year has only fueled the flames.
I’ve generally ignored the #6org crowd and just let them have their fun. I didn’t want to come across as defensive, and the comments were always off the topic of the actual post anyway. I don’t like encouraging people to hijack the comments of a post on a given subject, so we’ve just glossed over the comments and moved on.
That said, I know there are reasonable people who feel like the ranking is worth discussing in light of how Seattle’s season has gone. So, if you’re one of those people, the next day or two is for you.
I’ll spend the next few posts I write answering questions about Seattle’s placement in our organizational rankings series. How many posts that covers depends on the quality and quantity of the questions – I don’t plan on spending much time responding to trolls, but for those who have legitimate questions or valid points of view, I want to give them a proper response.
So, #6org’ers, this comment thread is for you. If you want to have a reasonable discourse on the issues surrounding the ranking, you can leave your remark in the comments of this post, and I’ll spend the next few days responding as best I can in future posts (trying to respond in enough depth in the comments section is a bit unwieldy). My hope would be that this provides an opportunity for us to see each other’s point of view a bit better. We’ll see how it works.
Dave is the Managing Editor of FanGraphs.