Seattle Mariners Manager Scott Servais today announced that all six Major League coaches (third base coach Manny Acta, bench coach Tim Bogar, first base coach Casey Candaele, bullpen coach Mike Hampton, hitting coach Edgar Martinez and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre) will return to the staff in 2017 in their current positions. In addition, Scott Brosius will join the staff as assistant coach and Chris Prieto will return in a slightly different role, now serving as special projects coach.
“Our coaches played a huge role in creating the culture, both on and off the field, that we enjoyed last season,” said Mariners Manager Scott Servais. “I am pleased that all will return in 2017 as we continue to work toward our shared goal of winning a World Series in Seattle.”
Manny Acta returns as Third Base Coach. In addition to coaching third base, Manny is responsible for defensive positioning. Last year Baseball Info Solutions had the Mariners as the (tie) top-team in the American League in runs saved via defensive shifting. Acta was recently named this year’s recipient of the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award by the MLB Players Alumni Association. The 2017 season will be his second with Seattle, and his 13th as a Big League coach or manager.
Tim Bogar returns as Bench Coach. He assists manager Scott Servais with all facets of pre-game and in-game decision making. In 2016, the Mariners improved by 10 total wins (from 76 to 86) over the 2015 season, one of just five teams in the Majors to post a 10+ game improvement. The 2017 season will be his second with Seattle, and his eighth as a Big League coach or manager.
Casey Candaele returns as First Base Coach. In addition to coaching first base Casey is also responsible for base running and outfield defense. The 2017 season will be his second with Seattle, and his second as a Big League coach.
Mike Hampton returns as Bullpen Coach. The Mariners bullpen improved from 25th in the Majors (at 4.15) to 9th (at 3.55) in bullpen ERA in 2016. The 2017 season will be his second with Seattle, and his second as a Big League coach.
Edgar Martinez returns as Hitting Coach. The Mariners ranked sixth in the Majors in runs scored (4.74 per game) in 2016, Edgar’s first full season as hitting coach, and the group finished with 223 home runs, third-most in MLB. Edgar originally joined the staff on June 20, 2015, making the 2017 season his third with Seattle, and his third as a Big League coach.
Mel Stottlemyre returns as Pitching Coach. The Mariners used a club-record 32 different pitchers in 2016, including 13 different starters (most since 1999, also 13), and 21 different pitchers recorded a win. Despite the turnover the Mariners still finished with a team ERA of 4.00, third-best in the American League (TOR, 3.78; CLE, 3.84). The 2017 season will be his second with Seattle, his fourth as a Big League pitching coach and his sixth as a Major League coach, overall.
Scott Brosius has been added to the Major League staff as Assistant Coach. Brosius spent the 2016 season, his first as a professional coach, as the hitting coach for AAA Tacoma. Spent previous eight seasons (2008-2015) as head coach at Linfield College (McMinnville, OR) where he had a 270-96 record and won a national title. Brosius appeared in parts of 11 Major League seasons with Oakland (1991-97) and New York-AL (1998-2001). The 2017 season will be his first as a Big League coach.
Chris Prieto returns to the Big League staff in 2017 as the Special Projects Coach after spending the previous three seasons as the Mariners Quality Assurance Coach. The 2017 season will be his fourth with Seattle and his fourth as a Big League coach overall.
Fleming Baez (bullpen catcher) and Nasusel Cabrera (batting practice pitcher) will also return in 2017.