Rick Waits, a 12-year major league veteran who has spent the last 15 years working in the New York Mets minor league system, was hired today as the Seattle Mariners minor league pitching coordinator.
“We are very pleased to add Rick to our staff,” gerneral managter Jack Zduriencik said. “His level of expertise as an instructor and coach will help guide our young pitchers as we continue to develop our farm system. In addition to being a great baseball mentor, Rick is one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”
Wais succeeds Carl Willis, who has become manager Erik Wedge's pitching coach for the 2011 season.
Now 58, Waits was the Mets minor league pitching coordinator each of the last seven seasons, and in 2010 Mets minor leaguers combined for a 471-433 record with a 3.90 ERA - ranking eighth among the 340 big-league farm systems.
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Waits pitched with Texas (1973), Cleveland (1975-83), and Milwaukee (1983-85) and had a 79-92 record with 8 saves and a 4.25 ERA in 317 games (190 starts). Waits had 47 complete games and 10-complete game shutouts.