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Zduriencik wants no surprises in his first manager - at least not off the field

General manager Jack Zduriencik pushed his decision on hiring a new manager for the Seattle Mariners forward at least another 24 hours, and for the simplest of reasons – he didn't want any surprises.

"There have been people in the past who have run into snafus after the fact," Zduriencik said. "I talked to my staff today, I'm making more calls to people who have asked me to call them back to talk about these guys.

"I'm not sure I'll tell whoever it is that he's the manager in the next 24 hours, but it will be soon. At this stage, what I want is all my I's dotted and all my T's crossed to be sure there isn't a surprise that I should have known about."

Like whar?

Well, Toronto hired manager Tim Johnson in part because of his service in Vietnam – which he talked about to inspire players – only to learn too late that Johnson had never been there.

And in Arizona, the Diamondbacks hired Wally Backman as their next manager in November of 2004, then fired him four days later after reading about Backman's legal and financial problems in the New York Times.

Oops.

So Zduriencik will be a bit more patient, do his due diligence, and have a manager for you by Wednesday or Thursday.

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