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Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30

Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30
--RF Ichiro Suzuki told the media in Japan that he'd like to play again for Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic. It's likely that Seattle C Kenji Johjima, who passed on the team three years ago to prepare for his first season with the Mariners, also will be on the Japanese team.

--Jim Riggleman, who hopes to return as the Mariners' manager, tentatively accepted an offer to become the new bench coach of the Washington Nationals. However, the Nationals would allow Riggleman to stay in Seattle if new Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik decides to retain him as manager.

--LHP Justin Thomas, 3B Matt Tuiasosopo and 2B Luis Valbuena, all of whom were on the Seattle roster to end the regular season, were part of an eight-man influx from the Seattle organization on the roster of the Lara Cardinales at the start of the Venezuelan winter season. Minor league RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Andrew Baldwin, RHP Tracy Thorpe, and RHP Chris Jakubauskas also are on the Lara roster.

--RHP Rob Harmon, RHP Steven Richard, OF James McOwen and OF Johan Limonta, all from the Mariners minor league system, are on the roster of Hawaii Winter Baseball's Waikiki BeachBoys.

--OF Tyson Gillies won the Most Valuable Player award at the Mariners' Instructional League camp for the second consecutive season. Gillies, who spent most of the season with Class A Everett, hit .313 during the season for the AquaSox.

--OF Greg Halman and SS Carlos Triunfel were both selected to play in the Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League.

BY THE NUMBERS: 43 -- The Mariners' largest number of games under .500 during the season (58-101).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I know Jack. He and I have been in the game for about the same length of time. We know each other on the professional level. I am familiar with him, and he is familiar with me." -- Manager Jim Riggleman, on hoping to remain the club's manager in 2009 with new GM Jack Zduriencik aboard.

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Added: October 30, 2008

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