Topic: tony blengino; jack zduriencik; scouting; sabermetrics
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August 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Just a few years ago, Tony Blengino was seen as one of general manager Jack Zduriencik’s chief lieutenants, part of a three-headed team that included amateur scouting director Tom McNamara. Besides playing a key role alongside McNamara in helping with the team’s yearly drafts, Blengino, helped with scouting and also ran the team’s fledgling analytical department.
Blengino has always carried the title of special assistant to the GM, baseball operations, since coming to Seattle from Milwaukee along with McNamara and Zduriencik in late 2008. But now, as of late last week, he’ll be looking to ply his trade elsewhere.
The Mariners have sent an email out to other MLB teams telling them that Blengino requested he be released from the exclusivity restrictions of his contract so he can pursue other opportunities.
Reached this morning, Blengino confirmed that this was true.
“I just wanted the chance to see what was out there if it looked like I wasn’t going to be a part of the future here,” Blengino said.
Blengino added that he had nothing bad to say about the Mariners or the city of Seattle. He just sensed that his time here had run its course and that it’s time to look at new opportunities.
Despite reports that Blengino has been “let go” by the Mariners, that part isn’t entirely accurate.