Mariners fire hitting coach Chris Chambliss
The Mariners made the announcement Thursday. The rest of Seattle's coaching staff will return next season, the team said in a press release.
Chambliss was Seattle's hitting coach the past two seasons. The 63-year-old previously was the hitting coach for the New York Yankees and Mets, St. Louis and Cincinnati.
The Mariners finished last in baseball this season in batting average (.234), on-base percentage (.296), slugging percentage (.369) and on-base plus slugging (.665). They were also last in baseball in most major offensive categories in 2011.
General manager Jack Zduriencik said the search for a new hitting coach will begin immediately.
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