The Mariners announced additions to their minor league instructional staff. The most noticeable name is Mr. Mariner himself. Alvin Davis will work for the organization as a full-time minor league roving instructor.
Davis, 52, who joined the Mariners Player Development Department as a part-time roving minor league instructor in 2012, has been added to the staff full-time in the same capacity. He will also work with the player development staff to help accomplish set goals for the season. Davis played for the Mariners from 1984-91, earning the nickname “Mr. Mariner”. He was the team’s first inductee into the Mariners Hall of Fame in 1997. Alvin was named American League Rookie of the Year in 1984 by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and finished his career in the top-10 in nearly every Mariners offensive category.
Also joining the staff is former Mariners/Rainiers infielder Chris Woodward as an infield instructor, Brant Brown as on outfield instructor, Jose Moreno as a Latin American field coordinator and Javier Alvidrez is a Latin American trainer. They will join returning coordinators: Field Coordinator – Jack Howell; Pitching Coordinator – Rick Waits; Rehab Pitching Coordinator – Gary Wheelock; Catching Coordinator – John Stearns; Hitting Coordinator – Lee May Jr.; Latin America Pitching Coordinator – Nasusel Cabrera and Athletic Trainer Coordinator – James Southard for the 2013 season.
“Chris and Brant bring a lot of knowledge, experience and passion to our player development staff,” Minor league player development director Chris Gwynn said. “Jose has spent the last 13 years as a manager in our system and will be an asset with developing our young Latin Players, while the addition of Alvin full time will benefit all of our minor league players.”
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Woodward, 36, rejoins the Mariners Organization following his stint playing with Seattle in 2009 and 2010, and will be entering his first professional coaching role. Woodward hit .285 (88x309) with 39 runs scored, 28 extra-base hits and 34 RBI in 88 games in 2012 with the Las Vegas 51s, the triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. He appeared parts of 12 seasons in the Major Leagues as a utility infielder, including stints with the Blue Jays (1999-04, 2011), the New York Mets (2005-06), the Atlanta Braves (2007), the Mariners (2009, 2010), and the Boston Red Sox (2009). Overall he batted .239 (408x1706) with 211 runs scored, 87 doubles, 14 triples, 33 home runs and 191 RBI in 659 career games in the Major Leagues. Prior to his professional career, Woodward attended Mt. San Antonio (CA) College in 1994 and was named all-conference. He was originally selected in the 54th round by Toronto in the 2004 June draft and made his MLB debut with the Blue Jays on June 7, 1999.
Brown, 41, spent the previous six seasons as a hitting coach in the Texas Rangers organization, including spending the 2012 season with Triple-A Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League. He spent the previous three seasons serving in the same capacity with Double-A Frisco and another two seasons as hitting coach for Single-A Bakersfield after making his professional coaching debut in 2007. Originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the third round of the 1992 June draft, Brown compiled a career .247 (261x1056) average with 45 home runs in 424 Major League games with the Cubs (1996-98, 2000), Pittsburgh Pirates (1999) and Florida Marlins (2000). Prior to his professional career, Brown was a three-year starter at Fresno State University, where he helped the Bulldogs to a fifth-place finish in the 1991 College World Series.
Moreno, 45, enters his 13th season in the Mariners organization and first after being promoted to the Latin America Field Coordinator. He spent the last 13 seasons managing one of the Mariners minor league affiliates, including leading the Rookie Pulaski Mariners to a 29-38 record in 2012. Moreno led the Everett AquaSox to the 2010 Northwest League Championship. It was the AquaSox first title since 1985 and their 49 wins tied the franchise record set by the Everett Giants in 1987. He also led the AZL Mariners to an Arizona League Championship in 2007.
Alvidrez, 37, spent the previous five seasons as part of the Yankees player development staff as the assistant strength and conditioning coordinator. Prior to his stint with New York, he spent seven seasons (2000-06) as a trainer in the Oakland organization, including the final three years at Double-A Midland of the Texas League. Alvidrez was a 1997 graduate of New Mexico State University.