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Wakamatsu hired by Seattle

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SEATTLE (AP) - Don Wakamatsu has been hired by the Seattle
Mariners, becoming the first Asian-American manager in major league
baseball history.
Wakamatsu became the 14th manager in Mariners history. He was
bench coach for the Oakland Athletics last season. Before that he
spent five years with the Texas Rangers.
The 45-year-old was among a field of seven candidates
interviewed by Mariners' general manager Jack Zdurencik. None of
the seven had previous major league managerial experience.
Wakamatsu, a former catcher, spent his playing career in the
minors. His final season in the minors was in 1996 as player-coach
of the Mariners' Double-A Port City farm team.
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