SEATTLE Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is defending his involvement in the daily operation of the ballclub after pointed remarks by former manager Eric Wedge.
Zduriencik issued a statement on Monday, a day after a lengthy piece in The Seattle Times that highlighted issues with the Mariners' front office. Wedge was quoted as saying Zduriencik, team president Chuck Armstrong and CEO Howard Lincoln had meddled in the operation of the team.
Zduriencik said everyone in the organization is focused on putting a winning product on the field. He said his job is to ask questions, give suggestions and help direct the on-field staff.
Zduriencik also said Wedge never complained of communication problems within the organization. Wedge's contract ran out this season and he announced he wouldn't return.
The Mariners went 71-91 and haven't been in the playoffs since 2001.