Looking at Recent Mariners Coaches: Who Takes the Blame?

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April 24, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays bench coach

Don Wakamatsu

(22) during batting practice before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Don Wakamatsu

Tenure: 2009-2010

Record: 127 wins — 147 losses

When Don Wakamatsu was hired by GM Jack Zduriencik in 2009, it appeared the M’s were fully embracing a new ‘moneryball-esque’ approach to the game with the signing of Chone Figgins and installing a youthful coach at the helm.

Unfortunately, Wakamatsu found himself out of a job by August of the 2010 season as the M’s proved to be underwhelming once again.

While Wakamatsu looked promising initially, he proved to be inept at the helm despite having —on paper— the tools necessary to build a winner.

Wakamatsu hasn’t held a head coaching position since, but has still found work around the league and could conceivably don a manager’s uniform again.

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