Daren Brown & Dwight Bernard Return

December 2, 2011

The Mariners just announced the majority of the Tacoma coaching staff for 2012.

Daren Brown will return for his sixth season as Tacoma’s manager. Brown is 22 wins away from tying Dan Rohn as the winningest manager in Tacoma franchise history.

Brown’s club went 70-74 last year, which was a rarity in itself: it was only the fourth time in his 14-year minor league managerial career that his team finished under .500.

Joining Brown once again is pitching coach Dwight Bernard. Dwight is back for his sixth season as the Rainiers pitching coach.

I’m a big fan of both Daren and Dwight, and I’m glad they are coming back.

We still need a hitting coach – the Mariners press release listed the position as “TBD.” I just scoured BaseballReference.com and could not find any ex-players with the initials T.B.D., so I guess this means they are still working on hiring for the position.

The Mariners also announced that the Terrible Trinity of Trainers Tom Newberg, Jeremy Clipperton, and Charlie Kenyon will return to Tacoma as well.

Winter Meetings Ahead

December 2, 2011

It’s been a quiet week, but that’s going to change when the Winter Meetings start on Monday.

The Rainiers are sending three front office members and reps from the ownership group to Dallas, but don’t look for them to make any news – they’ll be participating in league and Mariners organizational meetings, shopping merchandise lines and promotional items at the trade show, and I’m sure they’ll be on the lookout for the next great ticket salesperson.

The real news will come from the major league side of things, where the free agent market and trade action should really get going. I always enjoy this time of year.

To carry us over to Monday, here are a few stories of note:

  • Let’s talk about something we can all get behind: coffee. The Rainiers signed a five-year exclusive with Forza. Little-known radio fact: coffee is a key component in every Tacoma Rainiers broadcast. You are required welcome in my booth every day, Forza! 
  • Here’s a new one: Japanese free agent shortstop Munenori Kawasaki announced that he is willing to sign with an American team – but only if it is the Mariners. Waiting for a similar announcement from Albert Pujols.
  • The Mariners announced that they will be keeping the same radio format that they used last year. Ken Levine is trying to get the jump on the good games.
  • Here’s a story from Minor League Baseball’s website on three Triple-A announcers who broadcast major league games last year. Hey look, it’s me!
  • Great news out of Nashville, where progress is being made on a new ballpark.

Have a great weekend!