For the eighth time in their history, the Seattle Mariners are looking for a new manager after firing 57-year-old Jim Snyder, who felt he was the right man for the job.
Also fired Thursday were coaches Billy Connors, Frank Howard and Howie Bedell.Connors was Seattle's pitching coach, Howard its batting coach and Bedell coached first base. Bedell started the year as the Mariners' coordinator of instruction and joined the team when Snyder was chosen from among the Seattle coaches to replace Dick Williams, fired in June.
The Mariners aren't saying who they want next. Newspaper speculation on a replacement for Snyder has centered around New York manager Lou Piniella and Yankees bullpen coach Jeff Torborg.
Snyder, 57, thought he deserved a chance to manage the Mariners next season. Although the Mariners were 45-60 under him to wind up at 68-93, they were 24-20 since Aug. 7. Since Aug. 4, Seattle's pitching staff had the lowest earned run average, 3.16, in the AL. Mariners pitchers threw six shutouts in September.