The Mariners are 71-59 this season, currently sitting in the second AL Wild Card position, after a splashy offseason that included signing Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract.
Despite that big move (or perhaps because of it), there were many in the Pacific Northwest who doubted whether Zdurienick was the right man for the job. Coming out and making a run at the postseason was at least enough to convince ownership that Zdurienick (often just called Jack Z) was their man for a few more years.
The Mariners didn't announce the terms of the contract, only that it's a "multi-year" deal. Jack Z was on a one-year contract that was signed quietly late last season. Some questioned after 2013 whether he'd even have a job this season. The Mariners haven't finished with a winning record since 2009, Zdurienick's first year on the job. Since then, they'd lost 101, 95, 87 and 91 in successive seasons.
The important folks in the Mariners organization had nice things to say on the occasion of Zdurienick's new contract. Per the Seattle Times:
“Since Jack took over after the 2008 season, we have been building toward our ultimate goal, which is to win the World Series,” team president Kevin Mather said in a press release. “We believe, with the efforts of Jack and his staff, we are now well-positioned as an organization to be a contender for many years to come.”
Manager Lloyd McClendon was more than pleased for Zdurienick.
“I think it’s well deserved,” McClendon said. “Jack has done a tremendous job of putting this club together and making the necessary acquisitions to make us better. I just think he’s done a tremendous job all around, starting with Spring Training, and getting the pieces that we needed to be competitive. Hopefully this continues to build.”
With Cano having a good first season in Seattle and Felix Hernandez having a Cy Young/possibly MVP-worthy season, the Mariners stars certainly have helped make Jack Z look good.
We'll have to see if he's as lucky for years to come.
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