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Monday, October 3, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

Mariners

Price resigns as Mariners pitching coach

Seattle Times staff reporter

No longer will the "Cal" script logo be chalked on the massage board in the Mariners' clubhouse: Bryan Price has resigned.

Sources say Price, proud of his years at the University of California before his life in pro ball, has decided to end his 19-year association with the Seattle club, which culminated with six years as the major-league club's pitching coach.

The Mariners are expected to announce the decision by Price, who declined to comment yesterday and gave no indication in recent weeks of any dissatisfaction with his job, the organization or his relationship with manager Mike Hargrove.

Hargrove said last week he was hoping to have Price back next season; now he will have at least one vacancy on his coaching staff. Seattle could also be searching for a hitting coach, especially if Don Baylor is hired for one of the managing jobs for which he undoubtedly will be interviewed.

There has been speculation that Price would join the staff of former Mariners manager Bob Melvin, now with Arizona. However, while the Diamondbacks are expected to make several changes on Melvin's staff, a team source said last week that "there has been no connection to Price for any position here."

Two immediate candidates for the Mariners position are thought to be Jim Slaton, the bullpen coach who spent the previous five years in the Mariners' farm system, and Tacoma pitching coach Rafael Chavez.

Hargrove has long been linked to Mark Wiley, who was his pitching coach in Cleveland and again in Baltimore. Wiley has been pitching coach for the Florida Marlins in recent seasons.

Bob Finnigan: 206-464-8276 or bfinnigan@seattletimes.com

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