New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made the first addition to his coaching staff by hiring Trent Jewett as his bench coach.
Jewett, who had coached in the Washington Nationals organization since 2009, worked with McClendon when McClendon was the Pittsburgh Pirates manager, coaching third base.
“I am looking forward to getting the chance to work with Trent again,” McClendon said in a statement released by the Mariners on Monday. “We go back a ways as he was on my coaching staff in Pittsburgh, and we have a very trusting relationship.”
Jewett, 49, is a native of Dallas. He is entering his 27th season in professional baseball and his seventh season as a major league coach.
Before joining the Nationals, Jewett spent his entire career as a player, coach and minor league manager with the Pirates.
“We are very excited to add an excellent baseball man like Trent to our staff,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said.
“Trent’s extensive background as a minor league manager, instructor, major league coach and his 27 years of baseball experience make him a well-rounded fit for this position. We are looking forward to Trent’s contributions as he joins our organization.”
During his 17 seasons as a minor league manager, Jewett compiled a 1,178-1,165 record for a .503 winning percentage. He managed 12 of his 17 seasons at the Triple-A level, and in 2007 was selected by Baseball America as the International League’s “Best Manager Prospect.”
Jewett spent four seasons as a catcher in the Pirates minor league system after signing with the organization in 1987 out of the University of North Texas.