Longtime Mariners president Chuck Armstrong to retire

Chuck Armstrong will soon step down as president of the Mariners. (USATSI)
Chuck Armstrong will soon step down as president of the Mariners. (USATSI)

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Mariners president Chuck Armstrong has announced his plans to retire effective Jan. 31, 2014, MLB.com's Greg Johns writes. As Johns notes, Armstrong, age 71, has served as president of the Mariners for the last 21 years, for 28 of the franchise's 37 seasons in existence and under two different ownership groups. 

Among other accomplishments, Armstrong was critical in keeping the Mariners in Seattle through two relocation threats, one on the late 1980s and one in the early 1990s. 

On Monday Armstrong released the following statement through the team: 

"Thirty years ago my family and I were given a wonderful opportunity to move to the Seattle area and become associated with the Seattle Mariners. We quickly grew to love this community and this team. Through all the good times and the not-so-good times on the field since 1984, the goal always has been to win the World Series. My only regret is that the entire region wasn’t able to enjoy a parade through the city to celebrate a World Championship together.

"After much thought and reflection, it is now time for me to retire and enjoy as much time as possible with my wife Susan and our family. The recent deaths of several good friends have really had an impact on me and helped crystallize my decision. This was a very difficult, very personal decision, but I know in my heart that it’s time to turn the page and move to the next chapter of my life.

"Thanks to our outstanding ownership, the franchise is stable and will remain the Northwest’s team, playing in Safeco Field, a great ballpark and great example of a successful public-private partnership. The team is in good hands and positioned for future success. I am thankful for this important part in my life and I will always bleed Mariners Blue. Susan and I plan to continue to live here and remain involved in many community events and causes."

Of Armstrong and his tenure, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said the following: "I and Chuck’s many friends throughout the game will miss him both personally and professionally. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I wish Chuck, his wife Susan and their family all the best, and I thank him for his many contributions to the game he loves."

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