Vuckovich hired as special assistant to GM

Vuckovich hired as special assistant to GM

Vuckovich hired as special assistant to GM
SEATTLE -- From playing in the big leagues to appearing in the movie "Major League," Pete Vuckovich has certainly been around the baseball block. Now, he'll add a Mariners front-office job to his resume.

Vuckovich has been hired to be special assistant to the general manager, the team announced Friday.

"Pete is one of the brightest baseball minds I have worked with. He has had success both on the field and working in the front office," general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement. "His knowledge and diverse experience will be an asset to our organization. I am looking forward to working closely with him."

Vuckovich pitched 11 seasons in the Major Leagues and won the 1982 American League Cy Young Award. He retired in 1993, but has remained in baseball ever since.

The 58-year-old has worked as a special assistant to the GM, assistant GM/director of player personnel, Major League pitching coach, Minor League pitching coordinator and TV color commentator. His last position was with Pittsburgh, where he acted as special assistant to the GM for the past 10 years.

Vuckovich also portrayed New York Yankees first baseman Clu Haywood in the 1989 movie "Major League."