Bavasi hired as Seattle GM
By JIM COUR, AP Sports Writer
November 7, 2003
SEATTLE (AP) -- Bill Bavasi was hired Friday as general manager the Seattle Mariners.
Bavasi, who takes over from Pat Gillick, is the former general manager of the California and Anaheim Angels. His father, Buzzie Bavasi, was the longtime general manager of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, and later became GM of the Angels and president of the San Diego Padres.
Bill Bavasi worked for the Padres' operations department and grounds crew from 1974-78, and was with the Angels from 1980-99, serving as GM during his final six seasons. He spent the past two years as the Dodgers' director of player development.
Seattle has won 93 games in each of the past two seasons but missed the playoffs both times, and Gillick quit Sept. 30. The Mariners made it to the AL championship series in 2000 and 2001, twice losing to the New York Yankees.
``While we considered many very qualified individuals, Bill was our top pick and we believe he is the best person to lead the club,'' Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln said.
Although the Mariners re-signed designated hitter Edgar Martinez this week, eight Seattle players became free agents, including center fielder Mike Cameron and reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa.
Cameron won his second Gold Glove this season and Hasegawa, an All-Star for the first time, finished the year as the Mariners' closer.
After the 2002 season, the Mariners let manager Lou Piniella go to Tampa Bay and Lincoln hired Bob Melvin to replace him.
Updated on Friday, Nov 7, 2003 12:43 pm EST
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