Broadcaster Dave Valle, a former catcher, is heading back into uniform with the Mariners' organization as the new manager at Everett, the club's short-season affiliate in the Northwest League.
Valle, 53, spent the first 10 seasons of a 13-year big-league career with the Mariners from 1984-93. He joined the club's broadcast team in 1997. He later served as an analyst on MLB Network.
The Everett AquaSox finished 44-32 last season and won the Northern Division under manager Rob Mummau before losing in the first round of the Northwest League playoffs to Vancouver, a Toronto affiliate.
Valle interviewed last November for the Mariners' managerial opening that eventually went to Lloyd McClendon.
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The Mariners selected Valle in second round of the 1978 draft, and he spent seven years in the minors before making his major-league debut. He also played for Boston, Milwaukee and Texas prior to retiring after the 1996 season.
Valle batted .237 in 970 career games with 77 homers and 350 RBIs. A skilled defensive catcher, he finished his career with a .992 fielding percentage while throwing out 36 percent of all base-stealers.