SEATTLE – Eric Wedge gathered his team together one last time, thanked them for their effort and sent the Seattle Mariners into another offseason of change.
Yet again, the Mariners are seeking another manager.
“They’re the toughest part about leaving, that’s the sad part of it,” Wedge said. “I just wanted to get in front of them and thank them and wish them good luck and tell them I really appreciated all their efforts.”
Another losing season for the Mariners concluded Sunday with a listless 9-0 loss to A.L. West champion Oakland. While the Athletics were getting ready for the A.L. Division Series, the Mariners were headed into an offseason in which they’ll be seeking a third manager in the tenure of general manager Jack Zduriencik knowing that Wedge left because of disagreements with the front office.
Seattle finished 71-91 and went a 12th straight season without the making the playoffs. Wedge announced on Friday he would not return, citing a difference of opinion between him and the Mariners’ front office: CEO Howard Lincoln, President Chuck Armstrong and Zduriencik.
Seattle were 213-273 under Wedge.
Athletics 9, Mariners 0
LOB—Oakland 7, Seattle 9. 2B—S.Smith 2 (27), Moss (23), Reddick (19), Parrino (2). RBIs—C.Young 2 (40), S.Smith (40), Moss (87), Callaspo (58), Reddick (56), Parrino (1), Barton 2 (16). RLSP—Oakland 5, Seattle 4. RMU—Sogard, Seager, K.Morales.
|Gray W, 5-3||5||3||0||0||3||8||2.67|
|Ramirez L, 5-3||11/3||3||4||4||4||3||4.98|
IR-S—Otero 1-0, Noesi 1-1, LaFromboise 2-2. WP—Wilhelmsen. T—3:08. A—17,081 (47,476).
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