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Seattle Mariners rehire entire coaching staff for 2012

M’s Coaching Hotseat?

In what is being deemed a rebuilding season and a 67-95 record in 2011 (The 2nd worst record in the AL, and the 3rd worst mark in MLB) Manager Eric Wedge wants some consistency for next year’s young Mariners team.

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He’s starting with Robby Thompson (bench coach), Carl Willis (pitching coach), Chris Chambliss (hitting coach), Mike Brumley (1st base coach), Jeff Datz (3rd base coach), Jaime Navarro (bullpen coach) and Jason Phillips (bullpen catcher).

All have all been retained by the Seattle Mariners organization for the 2011/12 season.

The Mariners don’t want to make to many moves too fast. They have to be commended for that. GM Jack Zduriencik has a plan and is sticking to it.

Eric Wedge

Jack Zduriencik and Eric Wedge Have A PLAN!

He knows that there are several players on this team that will emerge as leaders, these guys will be potential stars in the league that could carry the team as early as next year.

Mike Carp, Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager, Alex Liddi, Michael Pineda, King Felix and more are great building blocks in the Northwest.

The Mariners will need some veteran reliability alongside potential if they hope to be contenders in 2012, but its very possible. Right M’s fans?

Our blogger Danny Ferguson has only one problem with today’s news.

“I don’t know about you, but I think I may have gone for a different hitting coach.”

With Mark McGuire sitting on the St. Louis bench as their hitting coach, it makes me think that the M’s could use someone like that. Who would you hire as a hitting coach?

Hit us back Mariners fans.

Did Jack and Wedge make the right moves here?

We’d love to hear from you.     

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  • Insider Steve

    This is one of the better decisions made by Armstrong/Lincoln in a long time. I know its really hard to look at Zduriencik’s overall MLB record (213-273), and his offensive numbers (.242/.301/.363/.604, 123 HR, 544 RBI, 1,322 H, and 569 R per season on avg) compared to the league avg over that same period (.258/.326/.406/.732, 158 HR, 682 RBI, 1,426 H, and 717 R per season avg), and it’s incredibly hard not to cringe a little.

    But he has done wonders in other areas. Starting with his MLB pitching staff’s. In his first three season’s Z’s staff’s numbers (3.90 ERA, 1,034 K’s, 474 BB’s, 89 QS, 10 SO, 10 CG, and a .255 BAA per season avg) compared to the league avg over that same period (4.10 ERA, 1138 K’s, 527 BB’s, 83 QS, 10 SO, 6 CG, and a .258 BAA), and the Mariners are well above the league avg as a staff.

    Zduriencik’s draft classes are already paying off with 2009 draftees Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager already at the big league level, and with James Paxton, Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, and Nick Franklin scheduled to make their MLB debuts within the next two seasons, it’s safe to assume Zduriencik has done a great job drafting MLB talent. With Zduriencik’s desire to have the roster be a more athletic team has started to show. Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke, Charlie Furbush, Chance Ruffin, Brandon League, Jason Vargas, Brendan Ryan, Justin Smoak, Mike Carp, Franklin Gutierrez, Casper Wells, and Trayvon Robinson have all played a significant rolls in the overall roster development since their acquisitions. Even his two of his waiver wire FA pick ups (Steve Delabar, and Tom Wilhelmsen) have played key rolls in the Mariner bullpen.

    This team is most definitely on the upswing. It will take time, but with a great off-season to add to this mix, and 2012 should play out to a much better result.

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