Don Wakamatsu fired by Mariners

Updated: August 10, 2010, 10:07 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Instead of leading Seattle to its first postseason spot since 2001, Don Wakamatsu lost games at a stunning rate.

Then, the Mariners manager lost his team -- first franchise icon Ken Griffey Jr., then Chone Figgins.

Now, he's lost his job.

The last-place Mariners fired Wakamatsu on Monday, more than halfway through a season that began with a boosted roster and high hopes.

"I would like to thank the city of Seattle and all the baseball fans here in the Northwest ...

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