After having spent 28 of the last 3o years as the president of the Seattle Mariners, Chuck Armstrong announced his retirement Monday November 25, 2013.
He will continue working until January 31st, 2014, so the organization has already begun searching for his replacement.
Armstrong, 71, was a major part of keep the Mariners in Seattle when former owner George Argyros tried to sell the team to a buyer in 1989. He was also a major part of the late Hiroshi Yamauchi’s purchase of the club back in 1992.
Chuck wants to spend more time with his family. As quoted by mariners.com, Armstrong said:
“Thirty years ago, my family and I were given a wonderful opportunity to move to the Seattle area and become associated with the Seattle Mariners. We quickly grew to love this community and this team. Through all the good times and the not-so-good times on the field since 1984, the goal always has been to win the World Series. My only regret is that the entire region wasn’t able to enjoy a parade through the city to celebrate a world championship together.”
Though Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln have been the butt of derision and ridicule from Mariners fans, it is sad to see him go. He has been such an integral part of this organization for decades.
Sodo Mojo, the Mariners, Mariners faithful, and baseball in general will miss Armstrong’s presence. Though not always perfect, he stuck with this franchise through thick and think.
We wish you the best with your friends and family, Chuck. And as always, Go M’s.