(1090 The Fan) — Seattle Mariners President and Chief Operating Officer Chuck Armstrong will retire at the end of January 2014, according to the team.

The 71-year-old has been president and COO for 28 of the past 30 years, joining shortly after the 1983 baseball season under then-owner George Argyros.

In a release, Armstrong says he was given a wonderful opportunity to move to the Seattle area 30 years ago and “quickly grew to love” the community and team. Armstrong said, “Through all the good times and the not-so-good times on the field since 1984, the goal always has been to win the World Series. My only regret is that the entire region wasn’t able to enjoy a parade through the city to celebrate a World Championship together.”

During Armstrong’s tenure, the closest Seattle came to a championship was being two wins shy of an American League Championship in 1995 and in 2000.

Mariners Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln thanked Armstrong for his service by saying, “On behalf of ownership and everyone who has worked here for the past 30 years, I thank Chuck for his tremendous contributions. We wish him all the best in retirement with Susan and his family.”

Front office officials plan to immediately looking for a replacement and begin a transition process.

Since 1983, the Mariners have only compiled ten winning seasons and four playoff appearances.

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