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Mariners fire hitting coach Chambliss; surgeries for Ackley, Ryan

And so the offseason begins.

One of the first moves was as predictable as cold weather at Safeco Field in April. The Mariners will not retain hitting coach Chris Chambliss after another dismal offensive season.

The rest of Seattle's coaching staff will return next season.

The Mariners finished last in baseball this season in batting average (.234), on-base percentage (.296), slugging percentage (.369) and on-base plus slugging (.665). They were also last in baseball in most major offensive categories in 2011 as well.

Chambliss was Seattle's hitting coach the past two seasons. The 63-year-old previously was the hitting coach for the New York Yankees and Mets, St. Louis and Cincinnati.

Also, the team announced that Dustin Ackley (ankle) and Brendan Ryan (elbow) underwent arthroscopic surgeries on Thursday.

Ackley had a bone spur removed from his left ankle, and Ryan had a bone spur removed from his right elbow. Both are expected to be completely healthy for spring training.

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