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Frank Wills and Randy Stein, former M's players; Hal Keller, former Ms GM, pass away

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  • Frank Wills and Randy Stein, former M's players; Hal Keller, former Ms GM, pass away

    Frank Wills pitched one season with the Seattle Mariners, 1985, winning five games. From June 24 to July 6, he was lights out--he went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA, while allowing only 16 hits in 21 innings of work. Later that year, on August 17, he pitched a complete game.

    New Orleans native Frank Wills, who was an All-American at Tulane and later pitched nine seasons in the major leagues, died Friday. He was 53.

    Wills, a member of the De La Salle, Tulane, Diamond Club and New Orleans baseball halls of fame, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the 16th pick of the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft and made his major league debut with the Royals three summers later.
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    Randy Stein, who the Mariners acquired from the Brewers for pitcher Paul Mitchell in 1979, spent two years with the team: 1979 and 1981. He showed flashes of brilliance by posting an 8.5 K/9 IP ratio in his first year with the club and a mark of 8 K/9 IP overall.

    Born William Randolph Stein on March 7, 1953 in Pomona, Randy lost his valiant 4 year battle with Early Onset Alzheimer's on December 12, 2011.

    Randy graduated from Ganesha High School in 1971 where he was an outstanding athlete and was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Orioles.

    He broke into the Majors in 1978 with the Milwaukee Brewers, and also played for the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs.
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    Hal Keller was the team's GM for part of the 1980s.

    Former Mariners general manager Hal Keller has died at the age of 85 at his home in Sequim.

    Keller, who served as Seattle's general manager in 1984 and '85, had been suffering from esophageal cancer. He also endured a lengthy battle with diabetes that resulted in the amputation of a foot.

    Keller played in the major leagues for the Washington Senators, appearing in 25 games as a catcher from 1949-52. He was the younger brother of Charlie "King Kong" Keller, a five-time All-Star with the Yankees.
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