Once the Cleveland Indians hired new manager Manny Acta, Acta started populating his coaching staff with former Mariners - three in all.
First, he grabbed Tim Belcher as his pitching coach, and while Belcher played for seven teams in his career, he was a big part of the '95 Seattle Mariners staff.
And now the Indians have added third base coach Steve Smith and bench coach Tim Tolman, both former Mariners employees.
Smith coached third base for Lou Piniella's teams from 1996 through 1999, and Tolman spent last year as Seattle's coordinator of minor league instruction. If the name sounds familiar, it's because Tolman coached first base for Don Wakamatsu briefly last season when coach Lee Tinsley left the team for the birth of his daughter.
Good men, all, and nice to see them each back in the big leagues. For Belcher, this will be his first on-field duties since retirement in 2000. He's been in the Cleveland front office since.