New manager Eric Wedge completed his first-year coaching staff with the Seattle Mariners, bringing back three coaches - Mike Brumley, Carl Willis and bullpen catcher Jason Phillips - who finished the season under interim manager Daren Brown.
Wedge's new coaches? Former Yankee first baseman Chris Chambliss is the hitting coach, former Giants infielder Robby Thompson the bench coach, former Tacoma pitching coach Jaime Navarro bullpen coach and Jeff Datz the third base coach.
A little background?
Willis, 49, spent the last two months of the 2010 season as the Mariners pitching coach and worked as Wedge’s pitching coach in Clevland for seven seasons.
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Chambliss, 61, managed the last two seasons at AAA Charlotte in the Chicago White Sox organization. This will be his 42nd season in professional baseball, and he was the hitting coach for the Yankees, Cardinals, Mets and Reds after playing 17 big-league seasons.
Datz, 50, joins the Mariners after serving as the Baltimore bench coach last season. He was the bench coach for Wedge in Cleveland for three years.
Navarro, 43, spent the last three seasons as a pitching coach in the Mariners farm system. As a big league pitcher, he went 116-126 with the Brewers, Cubs, White Sox and Indians.
Thompson, 48, spent the last eight seasons as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations with the Cleveland Indians. A two-time All-Star, Thompson spent all of his 11-year playing career for the San Francisco Giants.
Brumley, 47, returns for his second season on the Mariners coaching staff after splitting the 2010 season as first base and third base coach. Under Wedge, Brumley will oversee base running and outfield instruction and coach first base.
Phillips, 34, has spent the last two years as the Mariners bullpen catcher. He played parts of seven seasons with the Mets, Dodgers and Blue Jays .