Buried deep in the stories about new Mariners manager Eric Wedge’s selections for his coaching staff, we learn that M’s General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced that Daren Brown and Alonzo Powell will return to Tacoma in 2011 as manager and hitting coach, respectively.
Tacoma will need a new pitching coach, as Jaime Navarro was added to Wedge’s staff in the role of bullpen coach.
Both Brown and Powell started 2010 on the Tacoma staff, and each was promoted to Seattle during the season.
Brown, who will manage Tacoma for his fifth year, went 19-31 as the Seattle Mariners manager after his August 10 promotion. Powell was the Rainiers hitting coach in 2008-09, and for the first month of the 2010 season.
Here are today’s stories:
- Larry LaRue wrote The News Tribune’s review of the Mariners new coaches.
- Larry Stone wrote on the same subject over at The Times.
- New Mariners hitting coach Chris Chambliss hit one of the most famous playoff home runs in baseball history. Chambliss, by the way, was the TV analyst for the Triple-A Championship Game between Tacoma and Columbus.
- In the PCL, the City of Tucson officially accepted the former Portland Beavers franchise for the 2011 season. Long-time Tucson Toros GM Mike Feder will operate the team, which will probably be called the Tucson Padres. Local columnist Greg Hansen is excited.
- Like Tacoma, the Omaha Royals are moving into a new ballpark in 2011. The Royals announced their “founding corporate sponsors.”
- If you are a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, here is a replay/analysis of the 2006 draft – which will forever be known to Mariners fans as the Tim Lincecum – Brandon Morrow draft. Read at your own risk.
- Here’s an interesting look at the Giants championship, from one of their minor leaguers who didn’t make it to the majors.
- So you want to be a PCL RG, huh? We have a rare opening.
Have a great weekend!