SEATTLE -- In a surprise this late in the season, the Mariners released two members of the coaching staff, bench coach Ron Hassey and administrative assistant Dan Rohn, on Wednesday.
No reasons for the dismissals were given by general manager Bill Bavasi.
"I won't get into any specifics," Bavasi said.
He and manager Mike Hargrove informed the coaches this week, Hassey on Monday and Rohn after Wednesday's game.
In regard to Hassey's departure, Bavasi said that he is a good baseball man, "but the role of being Mike's bench coach might not be the right spot for him. That's the way Mike and I felt."
Bavasi said it was his preference to make the announcements at the end of the season, but said Hassey "was more comfortable taking his leave now. With Dan, Mike was more comfortable making the move today."
Hassey, 53, is a close friend of Hargrove from their playing days with the Indians. He has been Hargrove's bench coach for the last two seasons. This was his sixth year overall as a Major League coach, having served with Colorado and St. Louis. He also worked in the Florida, Arizona and Yankee organizations.
Rohn, 50, was in his ninth season in the Mariners' system. He spent two seasons with Double-A New Haven, winning the Eastern League championship in 2000. He was the manager of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers for five years, winning the PCL title in 2001 and coming in second place in 2005.
Rohn was promoted to administrative assistant this season. His duties were to participate in pregame work and coordinate scouting reports, but he did not dress for games.
There was some speculation that Rohn could be a candidate for manager of the Mariners, if the club ultimately decided to dismiss Hargrove. Wednesday's move ended that speculation.
"They're both tough for different reasons," Bavasi added. "Rohn had been here and really had done a good job. And Mike and Ron are real close. They were both tough."
Bob Sherwin is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.