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2002 Diamondbacks bench coach Bob Melvin is selected to be the Mariners' twelfth manager in franchise history. The 41 year-old former major league catcher is replacing Lou Piniella, who asked to be released from his contract with Seattle to take a job closer to his home as the Devil Rays' skipper next season.
2005 Joe Maddon, becoming the fourth manager in the team's brief history, is selected by the Devil Rays to replace Lou Piniella. The former Angels bench coach believes, despite the club's poor record and having the lowest payroll in baseball, the young talented team, based on his computer-generated analysis, can start a winning tradition in Tampa Bay.

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