Mariners' broadcaster Fairly exits


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."