Yesterday afternoon the Mariners announced that they have hired former major league third baseman Scott Brosius to be the Tacoma Rainiers hitting coach in 2016.
The pride of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, Brosius starred as the third baseman for the New York Yankees 1998-2001 dynasty, when they three-peated as World Series champions before losing a dramatic seven-gamer to Arizona in 2001.
Brosius was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 World Series – a four-game Yankees sweep of the San Diego Padres.
Brosius knows Tacoma well. He originally came up through the Oakland A’s farm system, reaching the Triple-A Tacoma Tigers for two games in 1990. He then spent the majority of the 1991, 1992, and 1993 seasons playing for Tacoma before establishing himself as a major leaguer.
After his playing career ended, Brosius returned to McMinnville and began coaching at his alma mater Linfield College. He started out as an assistant coach before taking over the head coach spot in 2007 and holding it through 2014. In 2013 he piloted Linfield to the NCAA Division III national championship.
I wonder if Brosius has visited Cheney Stadium since his last game here in 1993? It would be kind of funny if nobody told him the stadium was renovated.
We are still waiting for official word on the remainder of the Tacoma coaching staff. It appears that Pat Listach is in line to return as manager if he doesn’t get a major league coaching job, and we have no idea at this time who the pitching coach might be.
- Here’s a Baseball America article from March on Scott Brosius‘s accomplishments at Linfield College.
- The News Tribune has an article on the Brosius hiring.
- The Times has a news story on yesterday’s trade for Joaquin Benoit which includes a lot of quotes from GM Jerry Dipoto.
- John McGrath filed a column on the Benoit trade.
- Baseball America has an analysis of the trade with notes on the prospects the Mariners gave up.
- Former Rainiers infielder Ty Kelly was a minor league free agent. He signed with the New York Mets this morning – meaning he could be assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
- From the This Has Nothing To Do With Baseball department, check out this professional video of a dude in his truck tearing up the streets of downtown Tacoma.
Try to enjoy what appears to be a wet weekend!