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Mariners hire Brower as new assistant, have one remaining opening on Scott Servais’ staff

Jim Brower has toured plenty of minor-league ballparks across the United States the past six seasons as a pitching instructor.

But the Seattle Mariners are giving him more a permanennt home.

On Tuesday, the organization hired Brower, 44, as a general assistant coach under manager Scott Servais for next season.

Brower spent the past two seasons as the Chicago Cubs’ minor-league pitching coordinator.

The Minnesota native had a nine-year career in the big leagues with eight different organizations — the last being the New York Yankees in 2007.

Kansas City gave Brower his first coaching job in 2011 as the pitching coach for Single-A Kane County. He later joined the Royals’ Double-A affiliate in Northwest Arkansas.

It isn’t entirely clear what Brower’s exact role will be as a general assistant, but he will likely serve in some pitching capacity.

Seattle has yet to fill its bullpen coach job, which was vacated by Mike Hampton right after the All-Star break last July.