Pelekoudas leaving Mariners

SEATTLE, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Seattle Mariners Associate General Manager Lee Pelekoudas has quit the American League club.

Mariners fire General Manager Bill Bavasi

SEATTLE, June 16 (UPI) -- The Seattle Mariners, who have the worst record in the major leagues, on Monday replaced General Manager Bill Bavasi with Lee Pelekoudas.

Baseball exec Buzzie Bavasi dead at 93

SAN DIEGO, May 1 (UPI) -- Emil Joseph "Buzzie" Bavasi, who was general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers when they moved to Los Angeles, died Thursday in San Diego at age 93.
Mariners, Bedard avert salary arbitration

Mariners, Bedard avert salary arbitration

PEORIA, Ariz., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Newly acquired left-hander Erik Bedard Friday avoided arbitration and signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.

Suzuki signs record Mariners contract

SEATTLE, July 13 (UPI) -- Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki Friday signed a five-year contract extension with the team, a deal reportedly worth about $20 a season.

Reliever Putz agrees to deal with Seattle

SEATTLE, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Relief pitcher J.J. Putz has agreed to a three-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle trades for Washington's Vidro

SEATTLE, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The Seattle Mariners traded for Washington second baseman Jose Vidro, sending the Nationals outfielder Chris Snelling and pitcher Emiliano Fruto.

Braves, Mariners in pitcher swap

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Braves Thursday completed a deal with the Seattle Mariners, trading starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez for reliever Rafael Soriano.

Gillick named Phillies' GM

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday hired Pat Gillick as their new general manager.

Mariners announce signing of Beltre

SEATTLE, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Seattle Mariners made it official Friday by announcing the signing of third baseman Adrian Beltre to a five-year contract.

Hargrove chosen to manage Mariners

SEATTLE, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Mike Hargrove, who has led two teams to the World Series, has been named manager of the Seattle Mariners.

Mariners fire Bob Melvin

SEATTLE, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The Seattle Mariners fired Manager Bob Melvin Monday, a day after the team lost its 99th game of the season.

Mariners release Olerud

SEATTLE, July 16 (UPI) -- Veteran first baseman John Olerud said he knew he might be released by the Seattle Mariners but it was still "kind of a shock" when it happened.

Seattle extends Manager Melvin's contract

SEATTLE, May 4 (UPI) -- Despite one of the poorest starts in club history, the Seattle Mariners have opted to exercise the 2005 option on Manager Bob Melvin's contract.

Mariners reach agreement with two pitchers

SEATTLE, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Righthanders Joel Pineiro and Gil Meche, the two Seattle Mariners still eligible for arbitration, agreed to contracts on Tuesday.
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Bill Bavasi
Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (R) talks to the media after agreeing to a five-year contract extension through the 2012 season at Safeco Field in Seattle on July 13, 2007. Ichiro, the All-Star MVP, is now in his seventh Major League season, has a career average of .333, with 168 doubles, 54 triples, 66 home runs and 398 RBI since joining the Mariners after spending nine seasons with the Orix of the Japanese League. Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Bill Bavasi (L) and team translator Ken Barron (C) listen. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant)

William J. Bavasi, born December 27, 1957 (1957-12-27) (age 51) in Scarsdale, New York, is a former general manager and vice president of baseball operations for the Seattle Mariners, and currently works as a Special Assistant to the GM for the Cincinnati Reds, under Reds GM Walt Jocketty. The son of longtime Major League Baseball executive Buzzie Bavasi and the brother of Peter Bavasi, also a former MLB executive, Bill also spent six full seasons (1994-99) as the general manager of the California/Anaheim Angels and 4 1/2 seasons with the Seattle Mariners (2003-2008). The latter (2003-2008), where the Mariners experienced a sharp dropoff in victories from preceding seasons, has been characterized as perhaps one of the darkest periods in Mariner history, following a period of noteworthy success under preceding former Mariners GM Pat Gillick (2000-2003), whom had left the Mariners in contention.

Bill Bavasi was a graduate of University of San Diego. Bavasi began his front office baseball career with the Angels, where his father was front office boss from 1977-84. Bill Bavasi was an administrator in the Angels' minor league department in 1981-82, then held the positions of farm system director and Director of Player Development before he succeeded Whitey Herzog as the Angels' GM on January 12, 1994. Bavasi remained in place when the club was sold by Jackie Autry, widow of the team's original owner Gene Autry, to the Walt Disney Company. But late-season collapses plagued the franchise, and Bavasi was succeeded by Bill Stoneman on October 1, 1999. After two seasons (2002-2003) as player development chief of the Los Angeles Dodgers — the team his father oversaw through four World Series titles during the 1950s and 1960s — Bill Bavasi returned to the GM ranks with the Mariners on November 7, 2003.

During Bavasi's Mariner tenure, the club achieved only one winning season (88-74 in 2007). Losing records of 63-99 in 2004, 69-93 in 2005, 78-84 in 2006, and a sub .500 2008 did not help Bavasi's image from the fans perspectives. At mid year of the 2008 season, Bavasi could have been the first general manager in the history of the MLB to have a 100 loss season with a 100 million dollar payroll, which was unprecedented in not only MLB, but sports history. On June 16, 2008 Bavasi was relieved of his position with the Mariners in hopes of improving their already losing 2008 season.

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