Seattle Mariners coaching hires & some Chuck Armstrong news

More change for M’s & brass fires

There was some pretty big news coming out of Seattle the past couple of days and none of it had anything to do with the Seahawks, PEDs, substance abuse, inaccurate reports, or suspensions.  You might have missed it though with all that other stuff happening at exactly the same time though.

The Seattle Mariners have made some management moves and some coaching moves.  Here’s what we have to look forward to in 2014.

Goodbye Chucky

Chuck Armstrong, the Mariner’s President, announced he will be retiring at the end of January.  Despite the outcry of hatred for Armstrong the M’s President did play a role in saving the M’s from relocation.  Unfortunately for Armstrong that will not be his legacy.

The losing ways of the M’s will cloak that accomplishment from most.

I give him credit for helping keep the Mariners in Seattle.  Now, don’t let the door hit you in the #$@ on your way out.  Oh, and do us a favor.

Tell Howard Lincoln how great “retirement” is.  I think we’d all like him to join you.

Coaching Hires

Only 2 of Eric Wedge’s staff from 2013 will return in 2014.  Here are your new coaches…

  • Trent Jewett – Bench Coach
  • Howard Johnson – Hitting Coach
  • Mike Rojas – Bullpen Coach
  • John Stearns – 3B Coach
  • Andy Van Slyke – 1B Coach
  • Rick Waits – Pitching Coach
  • Chris Woodward – Coach – Infield
  • Jason Phillips – Bullpen Catcher
  • Scott Budner – Left-handed Batting Practice Pitcher

The biggest surprise on the list to me is that Dave Hansen was not retained as the M’s hitting coach.

The Mariners are a team that has struggled with hitting for several seasons.

Howard Johnson now becomes the 5th hitting coach since Jack Zduriencik took over as General Manager.

What we have to look forward to in 2014. (Photo: NWSportsbeat Instagram)

What we have to look forward to in 2014. (Photo: NWSportsbeat Instagram)

That’s not a lot of continuity for young players that are trying to learn to hit at the big league level.

There is some scuttle out there that Dave Hansen might stick around as an assistant hitting coach.

I find it hard to believe that he’d stay under those circumstances but if the M’s can find a way to make that happen I think it only helps them.

Rick Waits will move from minor league pitching coordinator to Seattle’s pitching coach.  This is the one hire I really like on this list.

The Mariners are likely to have many pitchers up from AAA in 2014 such as James Paxton and Taijuan Walker enjoying their first full year in the majors.

It’s incredibly smart to have a coach they already know and have worked well with follow them to the show.

Pitching well has a lot to do with confidence.  Familiarity equals confidence.

The last interesting name on this list is Andy Van Slyke as 1st base coach.  Van Slyke, has not had MLB involvement the past four seasons and last served as first base coach for the Tigers from 2006-2009 with McClendon.

I’m not sure what to think of a guy who hasn’t coached at all in 4 years.

As a player Van Slyke has an impressive resume.  He was a three-time All-Star (1988, 1992, 1993) and won five Gold Gloves during his 13-season major league career with the Cardinals (1983-86), Pirates (1987-1994), Orioles (1995) and Phillies (1995).


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