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Former All-Star Fairly leaves Mariners' broadcast team

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners broadcaster and former major
league player Ron Fairly will not return to call Mariners games in
2007, the team said Thursday.

A statement said Fairly had decided to quit after 14 seasons on
Mariners radio and television broadcasts.

"I have either played in or broadcast 7,000 major league
baseball games, so I've been at the playground basically my entire
life," Fairly said. "It's now time to move on to the next
playground.

"I have enjoyed some fantastic years with the Mariners in the
Pacific Northwest, and was able to be part of many exciting seasons
and games. The fans here have been great to me, and I will be
forever grateful for their support."

Fairly played 21 major league seasons for the Dodgers, Expos,
Cardinals, Athletics, Blue Jays and Angels. He played in four World
Series and two All-Star Games.

Next week will end his 27th season as a major league
broadcaster. He has also called games of the Angels and Giants.

He and his wife, Mary, live in Indian Wells, Calif.

"We thank him for his hard work here and his contributions to
our organization," Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said. "We
wish him and Mary all the best."