SEATTLE – Jack Zduriencik was fired Friday after seven disappointing seasons as Seattle's general manager, in which the Mariners failed to end their playoff drought under his watch.
Zduriencik arrived from Milwaukee as one of the top talent evaluators in baseball and with the task of rebuilding a thin farm system while putting a winning product on the field in the majors. But Seattle missed too often both in player development through the draft and in free agency.
"I really enjoyed my seven years here. There is not anything I could say in a negative vibe about anything that went on in Seattle," Zduriencik said. "It was a great experience and we'll move on."
Zduriencik was given a contract extension last August and this season was to be the culmination of his work, with the Mariners coming off an 87-win season in 2014, the addition of slugger Nelson Cruz and the expectation that the second-longest playoff drought in baseball would come to an end.
Instead, baring a stunning September run, the drought dating to 2001 will continue. The floundering club began Friday 10 games under .500.