The fourth-year Rainiers manager was named interim skipper of the Seattle Mariners today. It’s a great honor for him, although it comes with sadness – he’s friends with the man he’s replacing. But that’s the way it goes in baseball.
Brown never played in the majors, but he’s had September call-ups to the major league coaching staff the last two-three years. He won’t get lost in the underbelly of Safeco Field.
Brown – who was ejected from his final game as Rainiers manager – will be replaced on an interim basis by current Tacoma hitting coach Jose Castro. As for finishing the season as Rainiers manager, Castro said “as of now, that’s the word – we’ll see how it goes.”
It sounds like there will be a variety of Mariners minor league coaching personnel who will assist Castro and pitching coach Jaime Navarro for the remainder of the season. I believe field coordinator Andy Stankiewicz will join the team soon – he hasn’t seen Tacoma this season.
Also, Chris Woodward got called up to replace the injured Jack Wilson. We added catcher Ralph Henriquez from High Desert, and Anthony Phillips is here too – but he’s not active for tonight’s game.
One cool note: this is the first mid-season managerial change for Tacoma since the 1977 Tacoma Twins fired Del Wilber and named outfielder Tom Kelly player-manager for the remainder of the season. Whoever made that decision regarding Kelly had pretty good foresight, huh?