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Mariners fire Don Wakamatsu

The Mariners have fired manager Don Wakamatsu, along with pitching coach and former Ranger minor league coach Rick Adair.

Wakamatsu, of course, was one of five candidates who the Rangers interviewed when they were searching for a manager to replace Buck Showalter after the 2006 season.

Trey Hillman, another one of those candidates, was hired by the Kansas City Royals as their manager, and was fired earlier this year.

Manny Acta was hired by the Washington Nationals as their manager, was fired last year, and is now managing the Cleveland Indians.

John Russell was hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates as their manager prior to the 2008 season, and is still hanging on there.

It is remarkable, when you think where things stood in early that point, it looked like, of the five men interviewed by Jon Daniels, Washington would be the first to end up getting fired.

Instead, it looks like he's going to end up being the last man standing.