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Just before the Mariners announced their new manager, we made our choice to cover the team.

We’ve hired Ryan Divish, who previously was on the Mariners beat for The News Tribune in Tacoma.

Divish replaces Geoff Baker, our Mariners reporter for the past seven years. Baker was recently promoted to the newly created job of sports investigative and enterprise reporter and will cover the Mariners until Divish’s first day for The Times, Nov. 25.

“This is a great opportunity for me to grow as a writer and reporter,” Divish said last week. “Over the years, I’ve gotten to know and really respect the people working for The Seattle Times. I consider them friends and now get to call them co-workers.”

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If you’ve been following the Mariners closely, you’ve heard of Divish. He’s one of the new breed of reporters who can do it all. Like a five-tool baseball player, Divish excels at breaking news and writing on tight deadlines; writing features and enterprise; posting blogs; using social media like Twitter (follow him @ryandivish); and creating video and podcasts.

Divish is a baseball guy who knows the game inside and out. He played baseball at the college level. He gets the nuances of our national pastime, understands Sabermetrics and knows how to translate the game for seamheads and casual fans alike.

“Baseball has been my first love since I was a kid in Havre, Mont.,” Divish said. “I’ve tried to bring the same consistent passion and intensity I had for playing the game into my day-to-day coverage. I can’t think of a better sport that offers more engaged and informed debate amongst its fans. I look forward to continuing that debate at The Times.”

Larry Stone, The Times’ national baseball reporter until being promoted to sports columnist in September, is happy Divish will be joining our team.

“Ryan is the perfect choice to take over our Mariners coverage,” Stone said. “He has a passion for baseball, an intimate knowledge of the beat, and most important, a connection already established with fans. But those who aren’t yet familiar with Divish are in for a treat.”

Divish is a Montana native who graduated from the University of Montana and then returned to his hometown of Havre for his first newspaper job for two years. His next stop was in Pocatello, Idaho, at The Idaho State Journal, before being hired by The News Tribune. He worked in Tacoma almost seven years, covering everything from preps to Washington football and basketball.

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