According to reports from Seattle, the Mariners have fired manager Don Wakamatsu and pitching coach Rick Adair. The Mariners had high hopes coming into this season with a pitching staff lead by Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. After falling some 10 1/2 games back in the division, the Mariners unloaded Lee to the Texas Rangers in hopes that top prospect Justin Smoak would spark the franchise.
However, both Smoak and Wakamatsu vastly underperformed and it was time to make a change. Add the Mariners to the list that already includes the Cubs and Braves for teams looking for a new manager following this season. Who knows, maybe Lou Piniella would return to Seattle for one final hoorah!