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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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June 19, 2008 12:10 PM

Sexson, Vidro leave on team flight

Posted by Geoff Baker

The players were down here at Safeco Field as the John McLaren firing press conference was taking place. Both Richie Sexson and Jose Vidro were on the team bus that left for the airport moments ago. Interim GM Lee Pelekoudas was asked after the press conference whether today's move sends the wrong message to players.

After all, the team has fired a hitting coach, GM and manager within 10 days of each other while no players from opening day have been moved.

"I don't think it does,'' Pelekoudas said. "Because they know the other shoe could drop any day. They should know. It's always there.''

Lee Elia, rapidly climbing the professional ladder once again, is going to be Jim Riggelman's new bench coach. Jose Castro is the new hitting coach, but Elia will remain above him and supervise the hitting program he's spent the past 10 days implementing.

Riggleman was not available, as he's off to Atlanta. McLaren, who took the news hard, is expected to be on a conference call with reporters tomorrow.

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