SEATTLE (AP) _ Mariners general manager Woody Woodward will retire Oct. 31, a team spokesman said today.

A formal announcement of Woodward's retirement would be issued later in the day, and a news conference scheduled, said the spokesman, who asked not to be identified.

Woodward has been running the Mariners' baseball operations since 1988, longer than any other general manager in the major leagues.

He played for the Milwaukee Braves and Cincinnati in the 1960's, and later worked in the front offices for Cincinnati, Yankees and Philadelphia before joining the Mariners.