(CBS Seattle/1090 The Fan)  Seattle Mariners President and Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Mather, announced Friday that General Manager and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Jack Zduriencik, has been fired.

Assistant General Manger, Jeff Kingston, will take over day to day GM responsibilities for the remainder of the season.

“We have reached the point when change of leadership of our baseball operations is needed for the Seattle Mariners to reach our goal of winning championships,” Seattle Mariners President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Mather said in a statement announcing the firing. “We are very disappointed with the results this season, and are not satisfied with the current operation. The search for a permanent general manager will begin immediately, and while there is no deadline, we expect to have a new GM in place as soon as practical.”

During Zduriencik’s seven year tenure, Seattle had only two winning seasons.

Entering the 2015 season, The Mariners were expected to end a 14-year playoff drought by many experts. However, after last night’s loss to the Chicago White Sox, the Mariners are ten games under .500, at 59-69 and 12 games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West.

Mariners Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln said, “On behalf of our ownership group, I want to thank Jack for his loyalty and hard work over the years, and for the quiet dignity with which he has carried himself. During his tenure, Jack was dedicated to building a winning team, and at the same time, has embodied the Mariners commitment to the community by supporting many charities and causes, and making a difference in our community. We wish Jack and his lovely wife Debbie all the best.”

Zduriencik was hired as GM on the 22nd of October, 2008. Prior to joining the Mariners, he was with the Milwaukee Brewers for nine seasons, including the final year as Vice President, Special Assistant to the General Manager for Player Personnel. Zduriencik is a 32-year veteran of Major League Baseball.

 

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