For the second time in his seven years as Tacoma manager, Daren Brown has been promoted to Seattle. This time, he is filling in as third base coach while Jeff Datz begins his battle against cancer.
We wish Brown the best in Seattle. He’s a class act, and a personal friend. Hopefully he’ll have many runners to wave home.
The last time Brown went up, he was interim Mariners manager after the firing of Don Wakamatsu in 2010. The Rainiers were in first place at the time of Brown’s promotion, and they went on to win the PCL title.
Hmmm. Let’s look at the standings. It’s early, but the Rainiers are in first place. Daren Brown has been promoted. Deja vu?
The Mariners have announced that John Stearns will be fill-in manager in Tacoma. A four-time all-star catcher with the New York Mets, Stearns had been serving as the Mariners roving catching instructor. I’m sure the ability to work daily with catching prospects Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre was a factor in Stearns getting this assignment.
Stearns has done just about everything in baseball: player, manager, coach, scout, broadcaster. He managed in Triple-A for the Mets affiliate in Norfolk in 2004 and the Washington Nationals Triple-A Columbus club in 2007, and he was once named the Appalachian League Manager of the Year.
The Rainiers will be in good hands. We’ll have more on this tomorrow.
Congratulations, Daren Brown!