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Updated: 1/24 2:25 pm

Seattle, WA ( - The Seattle Mariners promoted Kevin Mather to team president and chief operating officer on Friday.

Mather, who had been serving as executive vice president of finance and ballpark operations, will take over for Chuck Armstrong, who is retiring at the end of the month.

The 51-year-old Mather joined the Mariners in July 1996 as vice president of finance and administration. Following the 1999 season after moving from the Kingdome to Safeco Field, he was promoted to his current position.

"Our fans, first and foremost, are our focus, and we understand what they want most - a championship team," Mather said. "I am looking forward to supporting Jack Zduriencik, as he continues to lead the baseball operation and builds the Mariners both for 2014 and for future seasons. At the same time, our commitment to this community and this region will remain a top priority. This is a tremendous opportunity, and I'm excited about the Mariners future."

Armstrong was Seattle's team president & COO from 1983-1989 and 1992 to the present.

The Mariners also announced the promotion of Bob Aylward to chairman of NW Sports Net LLC (the regional sports network ROOT SPORTS Northwest).

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