For years, one of the criticisms of the Seattle Mariners front office was the lack of anyone who'd ever played the game at the major league level, a hole general manager Jack Zduriencik has tried to patch.
Today, Zduriencik hired one-time Cy Young Award winnng pitcher Pete Vuckovich, who has worked as a coach, player personnel executive, television analyst and special scout in his post-playing career.
Vuckovichk, 58, is now a special advisor to Zduriencik, joining Ted Simmons - an eight-time All-Star during a long playng career - in the front office.
“Pete is one of the brightest baseball minds I have worked with. He has had success both on the field and working in the front office,” Zduriencik said in a release. “His knowledge and diverse experience will be an asset to our organization. I am looking forward to working closely with him.”
As a player, Vuckovich played 11 seasons in the big leagues, pitching with Toronto, St. Louis and Milwukee, winning the American League Cy Young Award as a Brewer in 1982, when he went 18-6 with a 3.34 earned run average.