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Bill Bavasi is Fired as Mariners GM

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SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners have fired general manager
Bill Bavasi, as the team lags along with the worst record in
baseball after having been expected to contend for the playoffs.
Bavasi was fired Monday morning. Vice president/associate
general manager Lee Pelekoudas will take over in his place.
Mariners' CEO Howard Lincoln said in a release that new
leadership was needed in the GM position. Lincoln says a search
will begin immediately for a permanent GM, and Pelekoudas will be a
Bavasi was in his fifth season as Seattle's GM, only once
turning out a club that finished with a winning record. That was
last season when Seattle won 88 games.
Armed with a $117 million payroll, Bavasi put together what many
believed was a playoff contender for 2008. But the Mariners have
underachieved from the start and entered Monday night with a 24-45
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