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Mariners keep manager Eric Wedge and entire coaching staff

Eric Wedge, Paul Emmel

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge, left, argues with plate umpire Paul Emmel after being ejected in the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


Eric Wedge went 67-95 in his first season as Seattle’s manager, but the Mariners announced last night that he’ll be back in 2012 along with his entire coaching staff.

In a statement released to the media general manager Jack Zduriencik called them “a group of hard-working professionals.”

Greg Johns of notes that this is the first offseason since 2001/2002 that the Mariners haven’t made at least one change on the coaching staff. That was Lou Piniella’s final season as manager and since then they’ve gone through eight different skippers.

Constant turnover hasn’t done the Mariners much good, but another 90-loss season next year would put Wedge and Zduriencik on the hot seat together.