The contracts of manager Jim Riggleman and his coaching staff expired Saturday, and none were invited back, although a new manager might still keep some of that staff intact.
In the meantime, in baseball as in the real world, any job is a good one today.
Last week, Riggleman accepted the bench coach role for the Washington Nationals. Now, first base coach Eddie Rodriguez has been named a special assistant, major league coach for the Kansas City Royals.
That leaves Lee Elia, Mel Stottlemyre, Sam Perlozzo, Jose Castro and Norm Charlton in limbo and without jobs.
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Meanwhile, former Mariners are popping up around baseball.
The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Aaron Sele as a minor league pitching instructor, and the Cincinnati Reds took not one but two ex-Mariners. David Bell began his post-playing career by accepting the managerial job for Carolina, and picked his own pitching coach – Chris Bosio, who owns one of the two no-hitters in Mariners history.
And here's a charming follow-up to the Ken Griffey Jr. blog a few days ago.
Good friend Dr. Steve Lambros, who once put a few hundred stitches in my knee, sent along a link to a short story out of Philadelphia that will remind you again what a respected figure in the game Junior has become.
It'll only take a minute to read, but it's well worth it, and you canfind it here.
Thanks for the link, Doc.