Jack Zduriencik to return as Mariners general manager

Jack Zduriencik to return as Mariners general manager

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** FILE ** In this June 3, 2008 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers scout Jack Zduriencik is shown before the start of the baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Brewers in Milwaukee. The Seattle Mariners hired Milwaukee Brewers special assistant Jack Zduriencik as their new general manager on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck, File)

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by Larry Stone / Seattle Times

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Posted on September 29, 2010 at 7:35 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 29 at 7:36 AM

Jack Zduriencik began this season as the toast of baseball, hailed for masterminding the Mariners' 2009 revival, universally admired for his savvy blend of old-school scouting smarts and sabermetric open-mindedness.

He ends the season receiving a vote of confidence from Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong assuring that he will, indeed, retain his job.

It took a heap of disarray and disappointment to get from Point A to Point B. This Mariners season has been a laboratory study of what happens when underachievement, turmoil, bad luck and a poorly executed game plan all collide in a climate of unreasonably high expectations.

The resulting maelstrom cost six members of the organization their jobs during this season, but Zduriencik will not be one of them.

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