Bad news from the Northwest for all you baseball fans. Don Wakamatsu, Major League Baseball’s first Asian American Manager with the Seattle Mariners, was just fired after a dismal 42-70 record this season, only behind the Baltimore Orioles with the worst record in the American League. Wak posted an above. 500 record last year, with a lot of people expecting Seattle to reach reach. With franchise superstar Ken Griffey Jr. retiring in June, two ejections this year and a very public fight with 2nd Baseman Chone Figgins, Wak has had his fair share of bad luck this season, so I guess being 22.5 games back from the division leading Texas Rangers was the last straw.
Wak was drafted in 1985 and spent time in the farm system for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox before playing for a year in the Majors as a Catcher with the White Sox and spending more time in the minors until he retired at age 33. He managed at the Arizona Diamondback and Anaheim Angels Minor League Affiliate and was the bench coach for the Oakland Athletics before being hired as the Mariner’s skipper in November of ’08.
Darn, I was hoping Wak could have stayed longer, but I guess the Mariners Organization wasn’t the best fit for him. Lets hope for the best for Wak and here’s to seeing him getting back and lead a team to pennant contention or even a World Series.