Change Near The Top

The Mariners made some news on Monday evening, when team president Chuck Armstrong announced his retirement.

As John McGrath points out in his column linked below, Armstrong had a lot of career highs early in his tenure, while the recent years have been a struggle.

I barely knew Chuck – the major league team president has no hands-on responsibilities with the minor leagues, other than overseeing the man who oversees the man who oversees the minors. We’re like multiple-times removed here.

The big question is how will the Mariners replace him, and will it change the course of the franchise. That question is addressed by several writers below who cover the majors and are presumably a lot closer to the situation than I am.

Armstrong is not actually leaving the position until January. Don’t be surprised if it is vacant for quite a while after that.

Links:

  • We start with The News Tribune’s news story on Chuck Armstrong‘s retirement.
  • John McGrath has a column on Armstrong.
  • At the Seattle Times, Larry Stone has a column on Armstrong. Stone thinks they need to replace him with a baseball man.
  • Shannon Drayer talked to Howard Lincoln about replacing Armstrong.
  • The News Tribune lost Ryan Divish to the Seattle Times, but now the TNT has hired veteran baseball scribe Bob Dutton to cover the Mariners. This was big news in the baseball writer community, where Dutton is seen as a star.
  • In the PCL, Omaha Storm Chasers General Manager Martie Cordaro was named Baseball America’s Minor League Executive of the Year.
  • A month ago, Darnell Coles was announced as new manager of the Nashville Sounds. Yesterday he took a job as a major league coach instead – so we have another PCL manager opening.
  • Link just for Johnny Doskow: even Vin Scully spilled coffee all over himself once. << this link takes you to an entire Scully broadcast from 1957, so only click on it if you are able to spend your afternoon listening to that.

Have a great Thanksgiving, Rainiers fans!

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