Mariners Flesh Out New Coaching Staff for 2014
After Field Manager Eric Wedge and the Mariners parted ways following the end of the 2013 season in which the M's finished dead last, the Mariners have subsequently cleaned house as it relates to their coaching staff.
The club's first move was to find a replacement for Wedge in the form of former Pirates manager Lloyd McLendon.
Earlier today, as reported by Geoff Baker, the team aqnnounced the hiring of ex-New York Mets third baseman Howard Johnson as the team's new hitting coach, replacing Dave Hansen. Johnson becomes the fifth person top hold that postion since 2009 when G.M. Jack Zduriencik took over.
Andy Van Slyke got the nod to coach first base, replaceing Mike Brumley. The new pitching coach will be Rick Waits who takes the job from Carl Willis. Robby Thompson will lost his job to Chris Woodward who takes over as infield coach and John Sterns supplants Darren Brown as third base coach. The new bullpen coach will be Mike Rojas replacing Jaime Navarro.