SEATTLE — Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik defended his involvement in the daily operation of the ballclub Monday after pointed remarks by former manager Eric Wedge and other past front-office employees in the Seattle Times.
Zduriencik issued the statement a day after a lengthy Times article that highlighted issues with the Mariners' front office. Wedge was quoted in the story as saying Zduriencik, team president Chuck Armstrong and CEO Howard Lincoln had meddled in the club's operation.
"I've worked for several major-league organizations. Our upper management has suggestions and asks questions, just like CEOs and presidents in other organization do, all to be helpful and contribute to the goal of winning. We all want to win as soon as possible," Zduriencik said.
"When there are areas that need improvement, it's my job to ask questions, suggest ideas and give direction to the field staff. When our upper management has questions or suggestions, it's my job to respond to them. I don't believe meddling is a fair portrayal."
Wedge left after this season when his contract expired, announcing on the final weekend that he could not continue to work for the organization. He cited a difference in opinions on the direction of the ballclub as why he was walking away after three years on the job.
"I'm no great person, but I do care about the right things," Wedge told the Seattle Times. "I work hard to do the right thing. And what's happened here is wrong. What's happened to the players and coaches here is wrong. What's happened to this organization is wrong. It's so wrong. I can't put it any better than that."
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