This story is pretty cool and not one you see every day so I figure it’s definitely worth mentioning. The World of Isaac via The Sporting Blog says that a minor trade by the Mariners recently can be attributed to an online chat the team’s GM had with fans last week. Check out this Q&A from the chat on mlb.com:
booxa: We need more LH bats. Have you looked at Ryan Langerhans, currently in the Nats’ organization?
Jack_Zduriencik: Good suggestion.
Well, a matter of about four days later, the trade was officially announced: the Mariners had acquired Langerhans from the Nats for former steroid cheat, Mike Morse. Also adding to this story was the post done at the Mariners blog, U.S.S. Mariner, that suggested they pursue Langerhans. Now obviously I don’t follow the Mariners to the level that I’m suggesting they get a guy who’s with the Nats’ Triple-A team, but obviously they do. And for some reason someone there has a thing for Langerhans that I just don’t get. Cool side is that when the fans talk, the team listens. And even cooler is when they actually respond. Oh yeah, this is not the first time something posted at U.S.S. Mariner has impacted the team.