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August 9, 2010 at 2:30 PM

It’s official: M’s fire Don Wakamatsu

Sorry for the delay, folks. We had technical problems earlier that delayed posting to this blog. By now, you’ve all heard that Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu has been fired, along with pitching coach Rick Adair, bench coach Ty Van Burkleo and performance coach Steve Hecht.
This comes just six days after all of those “Don is our manager” quotes from GM Jack Zduriencik, proving once and for all how overrated direct, on-the-record quotes can be in this business.
As we’ve told you since the Wakamatsu-Chone Figgins flareup 17 days ago, the manager had received zero backing from the team’s front office. This is almost always a sign that a manager has become a “lame duck” and that his days are numbered.
Had Zduriencik planned on keeping Wakamatsu, Figgins would have either been disciplined or forced to apologize. That’s how good teams operate — with a chain of command. In this case, with Wakamatsu’s days numbered, the team appears to have seen little reason to irk Figgins, a player with three contract years remaining.
The writing was on the wall and every coach — including Wakamatsu — saw it coming from a long way off. Mariners catching consultant Roger Hanson, now on the coaching staff after today’s moves, was called to a meeting with Zduriencik in Seattle even before the Figgins flareup.
Wakamatsu was done weeks ago and has been Dead Man Walking ever since. When was his fate sealed? Probably when the team fell out of contention as early as it did.
Ken Griffey Jr. left the team on June 2. Wakamatsu lost part of the clubhouse that day and never really got it back.
If you want to do an autopsy on Wakamatsu’s tenure here, that’s as good a place as any to begin.

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