Sorry, I didn't get this up sooner, but I was away from my phone and laptop for an hour or so (dentist).
Anyway, Jack Zduriencik has relieved Mariners vice president of scouting Bob Fontaine of his duties. Here's the official press release from the Mariners.
MARINERS VP OF SCOUTING BOB FONTAINE RELIEVED OF DUTIES
SEATTLE, WA - Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that Mariners Vice President of Scouting Bob Fontaine has been relieved of his duties.
"On behalf of the Mariners, we thank Bob for all of his hard work and we wish Bobby the best in his future endeavors," Zduriencik said. "As we move forward in was my determination that a leadership and direction change was necessary."
"Bob is an outstanding person, and an outstanding professional," Zduriencik added. "Decisions of this nature are never easy."
Fontaine was named Vice President of Scouting with the Mariners on Dec. 5, 2003. He was previously the Chicago White Sox Director of Player Development (2000-2003) and has also worked the San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos and Anaheim Angels.
"I understand that when a new General Manager comes in he often brings his own scouting people with him," Fontaine said. "Seattle treated me well and I'm very appreciative. I enjoyed my time here."
A new scouting director will be named at a later date.