Cue the David Bowie hit, because we’ve got changes.
We knew a new Mariners general manager was going to shake things up, and that process is well underway.
On Friday, Jerry Dipoto announced that Lloyd McClendon will not return as Mariners manager. Dipoto has begun his search for a new big league skipper.
Sunday, word leaked out that several minor league coaches had been let go – including two Tacoma Rainiers coaches. Bob Dutton of The News Tribune broke the news:
Navarro was a Mariners pitching coach for seven years. He served as Tacoma’s pitching coach in 2010, as well as 2014 and 2015. He coached in the lower minor leagues in 2008 and 2009, and also served as the major league bullpen coach 2011-2013. Navarro helped many pitchers to the majors, and was most acclaimed for his work developing Michael Pineda in 2010.
Snyder worked five years in the Mariners system. He was the hitting coach at Double-A Jackson from 2011-2013, then was promoted to Tacoma for the 2014 season. This year’s Tacoma team showed a big improvement in contact hitting, while still leading the PCL in home runs. Tacoma’s team batting average of .280 was fourth-best in the PCL.
I enjoyed working with Jaime and Cory the past two seasons – and I’m sure they’ll be able to hook on as coaches in another organization, if that is what they want to do.
What about Rainiers manager Pat Listach? Listach is currently in the Dominican Republic, where he is managing the Estrellas club in the Dominican Winter League. It’s, um, “fall training” down there – the season opener is this approaching weekend. He told me via text message that he hasn’t heard anything about next year yet.
There is a name from the past who is an interesting candidate to be the next Rainiers hitting coach: former Tacoma manager and ex-Mariners third base coach Dave Myers. Myers has spent the last nine years as a Triple-A hitting coach in the International League – the past seven with Durham (Tampa Bay). He still lives across the bridge in Gig Harbor, and would be a link back to a time when the Mariners actually won consistently in the major leagues.
That being said, don’t expect any news on Tacoma’s coaching staff for 2016 to come quickly. Dipoto will hire a player development director first, and then they’ll figure out who they want coaching and managing in the minor leagues.
- Dutton has the story on the Tacoma staff changes.
- Here is the initial news story on the major league managerial change.
- The manager change was obvious from the moment Jack Zduriencik was fired, Larry Stone writes.
- Tim Bogar is a name that keeps coming up as the possible next Mariners manager.
- USS Mariner has a post on the Mariners shake-up.
- The News Tribune has the contract status of everyone on the Mariners 40-man roster, as well as a list of the players who will be out of minor league options next season.
- The Seattle Times has a presentation of the 15 top story lines of the 2015 Mariners.
- Fresno General Manager Derek Franks was named PCL Executive of the Year.
We’re just getting started on four straight playoff games today – enjoy it!