Special message from Jack Zduriencik
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Special message from Jack Zduriencik
  Jack Zduriencik
Dear Season Ticket Holder,

Now that 2013 is behind us, I'd like to share with you some thoughts about where we are and where we are heading.

First of all, like you, I am disappointed in how the team performed. Coming out of Spring Training we all had high hopes, but there were some key injuries, setbacks and disappointments which forced us to bring up several young players to fill our roster needs. The good news is these youngsters (Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, Mike Zunino, etc.) got some valuable Major League experience. But the fact is this team just did not live up to expectations.

We still have work to do over the winter, but we are building on a solid foundation. Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are an excellent base to build around for our pitching rotation and we like the young talent that has earned its way to the Major Leagues. We recognize that there are challenges ahead as our young players mature into their roles, and we will be working over the winter to augment what is already in place.

The most important decision of the offseason will be a new manager. We are going to do a thorough process so that we end up with the right person to take this young team to the next level. I am already compiling names and have started the vetting process for potential candidates. In the next 10 days, these efforts will pick up steam. But because we may have interest in candidates who are involved in the playoffs, the final decision may come after the World Series.

I know this has been hard on everyone, especially our season ticket holders. We could never get through this difficult process without your support. You are demanding better of us, as you should, but you have not given up. Everyone inside the Seattle Mariners organization is grateful every day for your loyalty. Thank you for standing with us.

I'm excited about 2014 and beyond. Our plan from the beginning was to build this from the ground up, starting with a solid foundation. With the young players already on the team and the solid performances of our September call-ups, I hope you agree with me that the Seattle Mariners future is bright.

The next time you hear from me, I'll be introducing our new manager.

Sincerely,

Jack Zduriencik
Executive Vice President & General Manager, Baseball Operations

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