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Mariners fire Wakamatsu

Posted on: August 9, 2010 3:12 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 3:39 pm
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The Mariners have fired manager Don Wakamatsu.

The team also fired three of Wakamatsu's coaches (pitching coach Rick Adair, bench coach Ty Van Burkleo and performance coach Steve Hecht), and promoted Daren Brown from Triple-A Tacoma to serve as interim manager.

The relationship between Wakamatsu and general manager Jack Zduriencik has deteriorated over the course of the season, as the Mariners have become one of baseball's most disappointing teams. The M's are 42-70, and have been buried in last place in the American League West since the start of May.

Wakamatsu had trouble dealing with Ken Griffey Jr. before Griffey abruptly retired, and also had run-ins with Chone Figgins, the M's high-profile free-agent signing. There was a sense around the team that management didn't stand behind Wakamatsu, who won praise for the way he handled the M's last year, in his first season on the job.

Wakamatsu's firing was first reported by 710 ESPN radio in Seattle.



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Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Mariners fire Wakamatsu

Uh Dawg, Wakamatsu manager for 4 years in the minors during the late 1990's, including 1998 Mannager of the Year in the California League (High-A).  Would seem like managerial experience to me.




Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2010 4:24 pm
 

Mariners fire Wakamatsu

AJ Hinch is an example of what happens when you hire a clueless guy with no experience. Wakamatsu had a resume prior to his hiring. Last year, he took a team that had marginal talent and made them above-average, which was quite a feat. This year, he had complete garbage to work with (offensively) and the team is playing exactly how it should be expected to...like crap. Wakamatsu may have had to go for the organization to save what little face it has left, but it's far from his fault the team is this pathetic.



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