SEATTLE - JUNE 02: Seattle Mariners' Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln speaks with the media after the team announced the retirement of Ken Griffey Jr. prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field on June 2, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln Apologizes To Media

Seattle Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln has apologized to the media for a negative email that was leaked to the public. For everything Seattle Mariners, head over to SB Nation's Lookout Landing.

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Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln Apologizes To Media

Art Thiel of the Seattle PI reports that Seattle Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln apologized to the media for negative comments he made in a company email that was leaked to the Seattle Times.

“I’m very sorry if my friends in the media misunderstood what I was trying to get at,” he said. “I have high regard for what they do. It’s a tough job and I have great respect for them. I’m sorry my humorous attempt to bolster our front office morale inadvertently hurt some people. That’s not me.”

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Lookout Landing: M's Firing Of Carmen Fusco Raises Many Questions

Earlier we noted reports that the Seattle Mariners had fired scouting director Carmen Fusco.

Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing writes that the timing and abruptness of the firing raise a number of questions about the organization, and none of them are good.

Anyway, the news came as a surprise to many, as Fusco hasn’t exactly been on the forefront of anyone’s mind. Additionally, we haven’t heard anything, other than confirmation that he’s being let go. There’s been no official explanation, and though the timing suggests a link between this and the Josh Lueke traveling PR carnival, it’s hard to figure out what this means, and where it came from.

Sullivan investigates a few possible explanations for the firing and concludes that, whichever version is correct, it’s a bad day for Seattle Mariners fans.

But I don’t know for sure. I don’t know who did this. I don’t know why this was done. Most importantly, if this means that the people above the front office are going to start getting more involved again, I don’t know if that’s good or bad. I know most Mariners fans loathe the people at the top of the ladder, but then, look where we’ve gotten over the last calendar year. Who’s to say what good or harm they could do?

As always, we don’t know for certain why this was done, and we don’t know for certain what this will mean. I’ll leave further explanation and speculation to people in better positions than myself. What we know for certain is that it was never supposed to work out this way. This team wasn’t supposed to cost anyone his job. Instead, there are a lot of good baseball people currently out of work. They won’t remain out of work for long, but, man, has this book ever been worse than its jacket.

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Report: Seattle Mariners Have Fired Carmen Fusco, Effective Immediately

Ryan Davish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports on Twitter that the Seattle Mariners have decided to fire scouting director Carmen Fusco, effective immediately.

Fusco has been relieved of his duties immediately not at the end of the season. #Marinersless than a minute ago via Twitter for Android

It’s believed Fusco is being relieved of his duties as part of the fallout from the Josh Lueke saga.

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Report: Mariners Confirm Plan To Fire Scouting Director Carmen Fusco

Jason Puckett of Seattle’s KJR radio reports on Twitter that the Seattle Mariners have confirmed their decision to fire scouting director Carmen Fusco.

Have confirmed from the Mariners that Carmen Fusco has been relieved of his duties as director of pro scouting…interestingless than a minute ago via web

Fusco will reportedly be relieved of his duties as fallout from the Josh Lueke saga.

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Report: Seattle Mariners Plan To Fire Scouting Director Over Lueke Saga

King5.com is reporting that the Seattle Mariners will fire their scouting director as part of the fallout from the team’s handling of pitching prospect Josh Lueke, who plead no contest after being involved in a sexual assault incident.

A source close to the Mariners organization tells the KING 5 Sports department that M’s Professional Scouting Director Carmen Fusco was told he will not return next year.

This reportedly comes because of the way the Mariners handled the Cliff Lee trade when they picked up pitcher Josh Lueke in the deal.

The controversial trade drew media criticism that led Seattle Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln to pen a ridiculous anti-media email that was leaked to the public.

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Even More Reaction To Howard Lincoln's Anti-Media Email

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times weighs in on Seattle Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln’s angry anti-media email.

Stone writes that Lincoln’s email is hypocritical and that the Seattle media is actually quite soft on the Mariners.

Lincoln seems to think that the media “attacks”, as he put it in the subject line, are unfair. (Odd that in an e-mail decrying attacks, he would include a demeaning, personal and all-encompassing attack on the media; I’d maintain that most of the media criticism of Lincoln, Chuck Armstrong and Jack Zduriencik has been confined to his job performance rather than personal attacks on their intelligence or hygiene, like the one by Mark Cuban, heartily endorsed by Lincoln. Comments on the blogs are a different story, but blog commenters are not media; they’re, well, fans – paying customers, in many instances, and they tend to be much harsher than the media).

Actually, the criticism I hear and read most is that the Seattle media is not hard enough on the Mariners, that we give them a free ride. I don’t think that’s true, but I also don’t think anyone is “going out of their way” to rip the Mariners.

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More Reaction To Howard Lincoln's Anti-Media Email

Jason Puckett of 950 KJR writes that Seattle Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln can’t have it both ways when it comes to the team’s relationship with the media. He also reiterates a growing storyline among many observers: accountability for the franchise’s recent failures needs to come from within, not from attacks on the media.

So, let me understand this, when the team is performing well and winning, an organizations best friend can be the media because we are the conduit between the franchise and the fans, however, when the team continues to be one of the larger disappointments in baseball it’s the fault of the local media because we are exposing the dysfunction.

How many managers in the last nine years? How many general managers in the last nine years? How many different players have come and gone in the last nine years? How many CEO’s and president’s in the last nine years?

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Howard Lincoln Email Reaction

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times checks in with his thoughts on Seattle Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln’s anti-media email.

Brewer writes that Lincoln conveniently refuses to accept responsibility for the negativity directed towards his organization.

Lincoln makes it sound as if the Mariners have done nothing wrong this season and are unnecessarily being scrutinized. He conveniently leaves out the fact that they’re back in the American League West cellar, with a 55-85 record after posting a winning season in 2009. He leaves out that they failed to capitalize on the Cliff Lee trade and wound up dealing him to Texas in a deal that included the acquisition of a pitcher, Josh Lueke, who pleaded down rape and sodomy charges last summer. And they did it without communicating with each other effectively. He leaves out that Ken Griffey Jr. drove off in the middle of the night and retired in the oddest manner possible. He leaves out that the team has fired five people, including manager Don Wakamatsu, this season. We could go on, but the point is that no one in the media is throwing haymakers at the Mariners. These are all big stories that must be covered and scrutinized. These are all new items the media is reacting to, not inventing.

Last night, Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing.com tweeted that the email is a relatively minor issue compared to the team’s handling of Josh Lueke, a minor league pitching prospect who plead guilty in relation to a sexual assault investigation.

If the Howard Lincoln email posted by @gbakermariners takes focus away from the team’s handling of the Lueke situation, that’s a problemless than a minute ago via web

For everything Mariners, head over to SB Nation’s Lookout Landing.

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Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln Attacks The Media In A Private Email

Seattle Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln lashed out at the media covering the team in a private e-mail obtained by the Seattle Times' Geoff Baker. In response to perceived attacks on the organization by local media and "bloggers," Lincoln quotes a Mark Cuban blog post that called the media "the dumbest people in the room."

Baker has the full email up on his blog. Below is an excerpt from Lincoln's rant, which appears to make reference to a recent column by Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley.

We're getting hit like never before--or at least never before in recent memory! Indeed, if you read between the lines, you get the clear impression that at least one beat reporter would love nothing better than to step right in and run the Mariners. (Don't worry, that's not going to happen!)

None of us likes to read about our organization being "dysfunctional" or in "panic" or that we fire employees without good cause or that we'd be much better off if a few heads at the top were lopped off.

This is an absolute public relations nightmare for the Mariners. A leaked email criticizing the people charged with covering the team on a day-to-day basis creates more fires for the Mariners' public relations team to put out.

It's not just the media, either. Lincoln's handling of the Josh Leuke story casts the Mariners' front office in a poor light to a fanbase already angry about the on-field product. Striking such a defiant tone in a season already filled to the brim with turmoil shows weakness when the opposite was intended.

Unfortunately, a disastrous season on the field has turned into a nightmare off the field for the Mariners.

For more from SB Nation Seattle on the Josh Lueke situation, click here.

For everything Seattle Mariners, check out SB Nation's Lookout Landing.

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