Mariners Hire Baseball's First Asian-American Manager

Don Wakamatsu, 45, works way up through Rangers, Athletics organization
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2008 2:41 PM CST
Don Wakamatsu.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Don Wakamatsu is the first Asian-American manager of a major league baseball team, AP reports, hired today by the Seattle Mariners. Wakamatsu, 45, played catcher, mainly in the minors, before coaching stints with Texas and Oakland. The Oregon native—who says he knows just a little Japanese—inherits a Mariners team that lost 101 games last season.