Finding new manager No. 1 priority for Seattle

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge looks out from the dugout during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Seattle. Wedge announced days earlier that he would not be returning for the next season. Photo: KPUG/AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Finding new manager No. 1 priority for Seattle

TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) — Another offseason. Another Seattle Mariners managerial search.

By now, the Mariners should be adept at this process. They’ll spend the early part of this offseason hiring their eighth manager or interim manager since 2002.

Yet the indictment of the franchise that came from manger Eric Wedge’s decision not to return for 2014 might be the most damaging they’ve ever received after Seattle went 71-91. Wedge essentially quit on his chance to continue with the Mariners’ rebuilding process rather than stick it out with what he considered an untenable situation with a poor working environment where visions were not equal and commitment was lacking.

They were blunt statements from a manager firm on his principles and not known as a quitter.

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