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Chambliss won't return as Mariners hitting coach

Seattle Mariners hitting coach Chris Chambliss will not return for the 2013 season.

Chambliss spent two seasons with the Mariners. A two-time World Series winner as a player with the New York Yankees, he was also on the staff of four World Series champions as Yankees hitting coach from 1996-2000.

"We will begin an immediate search for a new hitting coach," said Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik. "On behalf of the Mariners organization, I want to thank Chris for all of his hard work and dedication over the past two seasons."

The 63-year-old former first baseman was also hitting coach for the Cardinals (1993-95), Mets (2002) and Reds (2004-06).

The remainder of the Mariners staff -- bench coach Robby Thompson, pitching coach Carl Willis, first base coach Mike Brumley, third base coach Jeff Datz, bullpen coach Jaime Navarro and bullpen catcher Jason Phillips -- will return with manager Eric Wedge in 2013.