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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