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Commentary: Mariners president’s exit could help team rebound

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SEATTLE — For nearly three decades, from George Argyros to Jack Zduriencik, from the Kingdome to Safeco Field-from rags to riches back to rags in the standings-Chuck Armstrong’s stamp on the Mariners has been large and loud.

He was a hail fellow, a boisterous, back-slapping presence who was deeply involved in saving the franchise for Seattle-not once, but twice-and for bringing the long, complicated quest for a new stadium to a successful conclusion. During the darkest hours, both outcomes were far from guaranteed.

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