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September 26, 2007 at 2:10 PM

Sad day in clubhouse

Glad to be back after a couple of days spent wrapping up the season for our newspaper editions. It’s a sad day in the Mariners entourage today after longtime clubhouse assistant Robert Reagle was found dead last night at his home. Reagle was a fairly young guy with a 7-year-old daughter, Marissa. No further details were made available.
The Mariners, predictably, were stunned. Reagle had worked nearly 20 years with the organization, starting in April 1989.
Staff members had tears in their eyes as they went about preparing for today’s double-header. The clubhouse was eerily silent, as if after a loss. Which, in a way, I suppose this was for the team.
“He was a fun guy, made you laugh, very friendly,” Mariners manager John McLaren said, towards the end of this audio clip. “Loved the Mariners…”
At that point, a choked up McLaren stood up and left the dugout, abruptly ending his pre-game media session.
Jose Guillen is coping with a loss of his own today after his grandmother died back in the Dominican Republic. He’d thought of going back, but says his family is taking care of arrangements. He’s in today’s Game 1 lineup, playing right field. Jeremy Reed starts in left field while Raul Ibanez is the DH.
Other than that, not much new to report. It’s been a tough few days for the team, getting beat out in the AL West, eliminated from playoff contention last night, dropping that game in 12 innings and now having to deal with this. I remember covering the Blue Jays back in 2004 when former major leaguer John Cerutti, who did color commentary on the team’s television broadcasts, was found dead of a heart arrhythmia in his hotel room the final day of that season.
That was also Carlos Delgado’s final game with the Blue Jays, but few people were talking about that afterwards. Cerutti was only 44 and a tremendously popular guy and his death hit everyone — players, coaches staff, media — very hard. Kind of a similar feeling in the Mariners clubhouse right now.

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