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Mariners add another baseball mind to the mix

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.