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A new GM, a new manager - and a new page in Mariners history

Don Wakamatsu became the 14th fulltime manager in Seattle Mariners history and the first Asian-Amerian ever to hold such a job.

Once it was made official, both he and new general manager Jack Zduriencik talked about 'page one' of a new era for Seattle baseball.

"I can't change anything about last season," Wakamatsu said, "but I promise this team and it's players will be accountable for what we do."

Zduriencik, who has all but rebuilt the Mariners front office, from scouting to player development, promised now to begin work on Wakamatsu's coaching staff and team.

"Don wasn't here last year, nor was I," Zduriencik said. "We're starting fresh, and we're going to get him the kind of players we want this team to have, now and in the future."For a longer story on Wakamatsu's hiring,

here's a link


And if you want to hear the press conference in it's entirety, here's that link.