Dave Brundage didn't see it coming. He had just managed Triple-A Tacoma to a 74-70 record in the Pacific Coast League, good for second place in the North Division. He had been in the organization for 19 years, with the five years prior to Tacoma spent as manager for Double-A San Antonio. He experienced great success in the Texas League, winning Baseball America Manager of the Year award in 2003. That came to an end when the Mariners announced Brundage's contract would not be renewed.