posted on Oct, 4 2004 @ 02:59 PM
Bob Melvin was fired as manager of the Seattle Mariners on Monday, a day after the team ended the season with its 99th loss.
Melvin, who lasted two seasons, was told of the decision during a morning meeting at Safeco Field, and general manager Bill Bavasi called a news
conference for later in the day. In May, the Mariners exercised the option on Melvin's contract for 2005 despite a 9-16 start. He led the team to a
93-69 record in 2003 after Lou Piniella left for Tampa Bay.
In a news release, Bavasi said it was a difficult decision to fire Melvin. He credited the manager, his coaches and the team for playing hard and
trying to win through the end of the season.
"This decision is not meant to place blame completely on Bob. There is plenty of blame to go around for all of us," Bavasi said.
The Mariners left spring training expecting to contend for a playoff spot. Instead, they finished 63-99 and barely avoided their first 100-loss season