MARINERS ANNOUNCE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT STAFF FOR 2021 SEASON

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto and Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today the Mariners Player Development Staff for the 2021 season.

In December, the Mariners extended invitations to the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA), Arkansas Travelers (AA), Everett AquaSox (High-A) and Modesto (A) to be Mariners affiliates in Major League Baseball’s new player development structure. MLB will announce all affiliates within the next few weeks.

“Our 2021 version of the Player Development staff is the best that we have had over the last six years,” McKay said. “The commitment that they have shown to continuing education, personal growth, and serving our players is exceptional. We have also added Franklin Gutierrez, Kristopher Negrón, Collin Cowgill and Eric Young Jr. to our on-field coaching staff. This gives us four more former Mariners who have played in our current process and are now excited to teach it to our current players.”

To support the minor league managers and coaches, the Mariners player development program has assembled a 9- person group of coordinators, led by 2nd-year Minor League Field Coordinator Tony Arnerich. Alvin Davis (11th season), Dan Wilson (8th season), and Mike Cameron (2nd full season) will each serve as a Special Assignment Coach. Connor Dawson enters his first season as Hitting Coordinator after spending last season as Hitting Strategist, while Cesar Nicolas will enter his 3rd season as Latin American Field Coordinator, Ari Ronick begins his first season as Coordinator of Pitching Strategy and Rehabilitation and Max Weiner remains Pitching Coordinator (third season).

Franklin Gutiérrez begins his first season in the Mariners organization as Special Assignment Coach. Gutiérrez has appeared in 954 Major League games with the Indians (2005-2008), Mariners (2009-2013, 2015-16), and Los Angeles-NL (2017). He combined to bat .257 (778x3032) with 394 runs scored, 150 doubles, 97 home runs and 361 RBI over 12 Major League seasons. In 7 seasons with the Mariners, Franklin combined to bat .257 (557x2169) with 74 home runs and 268 RBI. He was the 2010 American League Gold Glove® winner for center fielders and set an American League record with 846 consecutive errorless chances from Aug. 21, 2009-Sept. 11, 2012.

Triple-A – Kristopher Negrón enters his 1st season managing the Mainers Triple-A affiliate, after spending the 2020 season as Assistant Director of Player Development. Negrón is a six-year Major League veteran, playing most recently for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019. For his career, Negrón played in 170 games over 6 seasons with Cincinnati (2012, 2014-15), Arizona (2017), Seattle (2018-19) and Los Angeles-NL (2019), batting .221 (83x375) with 14 doubles, 1 triple, 9 home runs, 32 RBI and a .627 OPS, while also recording a lifetime .986 fielding percentage (5 errors in 348 chances), playing every defensive position other than pitcher and catcher. Roy Howell (Hitting Coach) and Rob Marcello (Pitching Coach) will both return to the Triple-A coaching staff. Eric Young Jr. will make his coaching debut after recently wrapping up his professional career. In parts of 10 Major League seasons, he combined to bat .245 (422x1725) with 275 runs scored, 67 doubles, 22 triples, 13 home runs, 112 RBI and 162 stolen bases in 651 games with the Colorado (2009-13), New York-NL (2013-14, 2015), Atlanta (2015), New York-AL (2016) and Los Angeles-AL (2018). Young Jr. was the National League stolen base champion in 2013. He spent his final season with Triple-A Tacoma in 2019.

Double-A – Collin Cowgill will make his managerial debut, after wrapping up his professional career following the 2020 season. He was most recently was with the Mariners during the 2020 Spring Training. Cowgill spent 6 Major League seasons with Arizona (2011), Oakland (2012), New York-NL (2013), Los Angeles-AL (2013-15) and Cleveland (2016), batting .234 (161x689) with 83 runs scored, 22 doubles, 12 home runs, and 57 RBI in 317 career games. He was selected by Arizona in the 5th round following his senior season at the University of Kentucky. He made his Major League debut with the Diamondback on Aug. 28, 2011 at San Diego. Alon Leichman (Pitching Coach), Joe Thurston (Hitting Coach) will return to the Double-A coaching staff, while Ryan McLaughlin will begin his first season as a coach in the Mariners organization.

High-A – Louis Boyd begins his third season in the Mariners organization, his first full season as the manager for the Mariners High-A affiliate. During the 2020 was a coach during Summer Camp 2.0 and was on the staff at the alternate site in Tacoma. He was scheduled to manage Short-A Everett in 2020 prior to the cancellation of the minor league season. Boyd served as a player/coach for High-A Modesto at the beginning of the 2019 season and went 19-19 in Short-A Everett's final 38 games after taking over as manager on July 23. He was originally selected by the Mariners in the 24th round of the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arizona (2016-17). The North Vancouver, British Columbia, native, spent two seasons in the Mariners minor league system, batting .240 (65x314) with 41 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 18 RBI, 28 walks and 3 stolen bases in 97 games spanning over four different levels in the organization. Sean McGrath (Pitching Coach), Shawn O’Malley (Hitting Coach) and Jose Umbria (Coach) will serve on Boyd’s coaching staff.

Single-A – Eric Farris, who was the hitting coach for West Virginia in 2019, will enter his first season at the helm of Seattle's Single-A affiliate. Farris, who coached in Everett in 2018, was a 4th round draft pick in 2007 by Milwaukee, and he spent parts of 9 seasons in the minor leagues, amassing a lifetime .281 (1020x3635) batting average with 35 home runs, 351 RBI and a .688 OPS. Farris, an outfielder, attended Loyola Marymount University where he was a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award. He was drafted in 2004 out of high school by the Atlanta Braves in the 42nd round but did not sign. After spending the first 6 years of his career in Milwaukee’s organization, which included 14 games in 2011 and 2012 at the Major League level (1x9, 1 run scored), he was selected by Seattle in the Minor League phase of the Rule 5 Draft in 2012, but was traded to Minnesota on March 30, 2013, where he’d spend the next three years playing for their Triple-A affiliate Rochester. His staff will consist of Nathan Bannister as the pitching coach, Rob Benjamin as the hitting coach and Geoff Jimenez as coach. Jimenez begins his first season in the Mariners organization as a coach for the organization’s Single-A affiliate. Prior to joining the Mariners organization, spent the 2020 season with the Phillies player development staff. He spent the 2019 season working as the recruiting coordinator/assistant coach at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. From 2017-2018 Jimenez was a graduate assistant coach at Missouri State University where he received his master's degree in Sports Administration.

Rookie Peoria – Austin Knight begins his first season as manager with the Mariners Rookie affiliate, the Arizona League Mariners. He led the Dominican Summer League Mariners squad to a 2nd place finish in the DSL Northeast Division in 2019. Yoel Monzon will return as pitching coach, Michael Fransoso will be team’s hitting coach, while Zac Livingston will serve as coach.

Dominican Academy – Manager Luis Caballero enters his 6th season in the Mariners organization, but his 1st as manager for the Dominican Summer League Mariners. He spent the previous four seasons as a coach for the DSL Mariners (2017-2020). After wrapping up his playing career, began his coaching career in 2016 with the Clinton LumberKings. Caballero’s staff includes pitching coach Jose Amancio, hitting coach Brett Schneider and coaches Juan Pimentel (1st year) and Guady Jabalera. Prior to joining the Mariners organization, Pimentel served as Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the University of Delaware after joining the Blue Hens baseball coaching staff in July 2018.

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In the biggest Seattle coaching news of the day, the Mariners have brought in Hisashi Iwakuma as a Special Assignment Coach.

I don’t know what that is. Sounds pretty made up.

According to the club , Iwakuma will start his new gig during Spring Training and report directly to Jerry Dipoto. The most important part seems to be the specifics of this role, which involves working “with Mariners pitchers and pitching instructors at all levels” and the ability to “periodically visit the team’s minor league affiliates during the season”. Another interesting note stated that Kuma will do some scouting in Japan with Manabu Noto, the scout who helped the Mariners sign Yusei Kikuchi.

Some pretty simple dot connecting tells us that Iwakuma will likely be working pretty heavily with Kikuchi, the Mariners’ most recent Japanese acquisition and the one who struggled the most upon arrival. Iwakuma is one of the more successful Japanese pitchers in recent MLB history; the Mariners are hoping Kikuchi doesn’t go down as one of the bigger failures. To avoid this, it seems, they’re going to have Iwakuma get in his ear regularly.

What we don’t know, at least at this point, is how much of this role will be baseball-related and how much will be person-related. Surely Iwakuma can help Kikuchi (and the rest of the pitchers, for that matter) learn how to navigate an MLB lineup. But he can also help with the mental side of pitching in the big leagues, and for Kikuchi specifically, how to do that while living away from home.

Iwakuma’s credentials speak for themselves. He pitched 11 seasons in the NPB, won an MVP in 2008, a gold medal at the 2009 World Baseball Classic , made an MLB All-Star team, and pitched a no-hitter against the Orioles in 2015. All signs also indicate that Iwakuma is both a beloved clubhouse guy and a well of information.

Love this! Kuma is the man! https://t.co/1abw8X7Bem — Taijuan Walker (@tai_walker) January 13, 2021

Here’s part of Jerry Dipoto’s quote about the former Mariner pitcher who is now a Mariner coach.

“He was always prepared, has a terrific work ethic, and the ability to communicate the things that made him a successful pitcher. We’re looking forward to adding him to our mix at both the Major and minor league level.”

The work in the minor leagues might low key be the most interesting part of this whole arrangement. It’s no secret at all that most of the Mariners’ currency is in the minor leagues. The team itself obviously thinks they have some good things going down there, but so much of that is either behind the scenes, dismissed by the common, MLB-centric fan, or both. Bringing on a respected figure with a track record of success to work with the minor league pitchers tells me that the front office believes they have some future MLB starters in the system. You wouldn’t bring in Iwakuma to turn non-prospects into the 26th guy on the roster. You bring in Hisashi Iwakuma to make sure the guys you’re banking on actually cash in on their prospect status.

I have no idea if this will work! Neither do you! But having Hisashi Iwakuma back in the organization is, at the very least, a fun bit of news in this dormant offseason. It will be interesting to monitor this situation in terms of the updates that the team is willing to release to the public.

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Mike Cameron returns to the Mariners organization as a special assignment coach

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With multiple trades made this past offseason plus the previous few drafts, the Mariners have assembled a large group of talented young outfield prospects throughout their organization. To supplement their growth and development, they made a notable hire to help the process.

On Friday, the organization announced that former Mariner outfielder Mike Cameron has been added to the player-development staff. Cameron’s official title is “special assignment coach.” His responsibilities will include working with Mariners prospects at all levels of the organization, with a focus on outfield defense and base running. Besides working with minor-league players, Cameron will spend some time working with the big-league team.

Cameron started work immediately. He was in uniform with Class AA Arkansas on Friday night. The Travelers have three solid outfield prospects, who are all ranked in Baseball America’s Top 30 prospects for the organization —  Kyle Lewis (No. 8), Jake Fraley (No. 15)  and Dom Thompson-Williams (No. 18).

Manager Scott Servais met with Cameron to discuss the role when the team was in Chicago a few weeks ago.

“Mike obviously had a great career and really good run here with the Mariners for awhile,” Servais said. “It’s a great opportunity to bring somebody with a ton of experience into the organization from an outfield, base stealing, hitting home runs aspect and all that stuff. He’s had quite a career. I’m glad to have him on board.”

Besides the trio at Arkansas, the Mariners have two outstanding prospects in Jarred Kelenic (No.2) and Julio Rodriguez (No. 5) in West Virginia and Braden Bishop (No. 13) in Tacoma.

“We may see him, though most of it will probably be at the minor-league level,” Servais said of Cameron helping out the big-league team. “We certainly have some interesting outfield prospects that he could help out a lot. I think the timing is right for him. The fit is good for us. Hopefully he can help.”

Cameron played for 17 big-league seasons with eight teams: White Sox (1995-1998), Reds (1999), Mariners (2000-2003), Mets (2004-2005), Padres (2006-2007), Brewers (2008-2009), Red Sox (2010-2011) and Marlins (2011). He was a three-time Gold Glove Award winner — winning two with the Mariners (2001, 2003) and another with the Padres (2006). He was named to the American League All-Star team in 2001 when the Mariners won 116 games.

In 1955 career big-league games, he hit .249 (1700 for 6839) with 383 doubles, 59 triples, 278 home runs, 968 RBI and 297 stolen bases. In four seasons in Seattle, Cameron hit .256 (554 for 2162) with 115 doubles, 19 triples, 87 home runs, 344 RBI and 106 stolen bases in 610 games.

Today's pregame interview with long time big league outfielder Mike Cameron. We talk what he's hoping to do while here and just how good the 2001 Mariners were. We talked for another 20 minutes after the interview. He is a trove of baseball knowledge. https://t.co/5JN3cyEzj6 — Steven Davis (@StevenDavispxp) April 26, 2019

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Mariners Hire Hisashi Iwakuma As Special Assignment Coach

By Connor Byrne | January 12, 2021 at 9:31pm CDT

Former Mariners right-hander Hisahi Iwakuma is rejoining the franchise in a new position. The Mariners announced Tuesday that they have hired Iwakuma as a special assignment coach. He’ll report to general manager Jerry Dipoto.

“In his new role, Iwakuma will work with Mariners pitchers and pitching instructors at all levels,” the team explained. “He will periodically visit the team’s minor league affiliates during the season, as well as spending time with the Major League team.” Additionally, Iwakuma will assist Mariners scout Manabu Noto in his homeland of Japan.

Based on his decorated playing career in Japan and in Seattle, the well-respected Iwakuma should have plenty to offer as a coach. Now 39 years old, Iwakuma excelled in Japan for over a decade before joining the Mariners in 2012. The union worked out beautifully for both sides, as Iwakuma wound up pitching his entire major league run with the M’s (through 2017). He recorded a 3.42 ERA in 883 2/3 innings, earned an All-Star nod and threw a no-hitter along the way.

While Iwakuma did continue trying to pitch after 2017, injuries hampered his efforts. He threw just two innings in a return to Japan in 2019 and didn’t take the mound at all last year. Iwakuma then decided to retire .

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Great move, he had some magnificent seasons with the M’s. He could teach those young pitchers a thing or two.

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No marbles!

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Hisashi is misspelled

in the intro sentence

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Just curious why you guys don’t link retired players baseball reference pages?

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I was wondering the same thing. wanted to look back at his stats but had to go another article and click on a different player then search for him. Obviously it’s not the end of the world lol but was wondering the same thing as it’s happened to me multiple times 🙂

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Man it would be great if he could also give us a few innings this year

Iwakuma was quietly one of the better pitchers in baseball for the years he was on the mariners. Maybe it was because the Mariners weren’t all that great for most of time he was playing for them or because they never really had much of a postseason run… but he flew under the radar for the most part all while putting up some very impressive numbers. I wish him the best in this new chapter of his baseball life.

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He was underappreciated because the crown was already on Felix. The Mariners would have been a better team had they never crowned one man.

Even when Iwakuma was one of the best in the league, and definitely the best on the Mariners, Felix was always #1.

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So Felix wasn’t the best on the Mariners? Lol ok. Maybe his last two 2 1/2 years but trying to say anyone was better than him during most of his time here is crazy and just flat out wrong. Hisashi was great but not better than Felix. He had one elite year surround by good years. Felix had like 8 elite seasons

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This makes me feel OLD!

“Former Mariners right-hander Hisahi Iwakuma”.

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Nice. Even though the M’s were pretty brutal during his tenure, he was a staple in that rotation for an entire era of the team. Great to see he’ll still be around in Navy & Teal.

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This move is absolutely huge for the Mariners scouting department. This not only helps them stateside but helps them in Japan. Hisashi could be pivotal in acquiring players from Japan and possibly Korea.

It will definitely help them sign Japanese players. Probably won’t matter much to Korean players. He’s Japanese. Not Korean. Two countries with completely different cultures and ways of life. Highly doubt a Korean player will care about Hisashi either way

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Good move by the Mariners. Best to him in new role.

Tanaka time in Seattle?

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The collection of former Mariners returning to work with the team in some fashion is a long one. That’s telling of where Jerry has the organization. Players and personnel used to run the first chance they had. Not the case anymore.

Now, back to the offseason shopping….

And it’ll continue with Dan Wilson or Raul Ibanez as head coach at some point.

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He could help Kikuchi. It’s not a bad experiment. If it works he could stay on to help other pickups. We’ll know after the fist half of the season.

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Mariners announce 2021 player development and minor league coaching staffs

Jan 27, 2021, 10:25 AM

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Kristopher Negrón will manage the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate in 2021. (Getty)

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After no minor league baseball season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mariners and the rest of MLB are expecting minor league games to occur during the 2021 season.

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As such, Seattle is gearing up and has announced its player development and minor league coaching staffs, with some former Mariners in key roles in the organization.

Mariners Hall of Famers Alvin Davis and Dan Wilson, as well as former Mariners All Star outfielder Mike Cameron, will all serve as special assignment coaches. Additionally, former Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutiérrez will be a special assignment coach for the first time in 2021.

Tony Arnerich is back as the Mariners’ minor league field coordinator, while Connor Dawson enters his first season as hitting coordinator, Cesar Nicolas enters his third season as Latin American field coordinator, Ari Ronick will be in his first season as coordinator of pitching strategy and rehabilitation and Max Weiner returns for his third season as pitching coordinator.

Triple-A Tacoma

In Triple-A Tacoma, the Rainiers will be led by Kristopher Negrón, a former MLB utility player who played for the Mariners in parts of the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Negrón retired after 2019 and was soon hired as a special assistant to director of player development Andy McKay. Negrón replaces Daren Brown, who managed the Rainiers from 2007 to 2013 and again in 2019. He also managed the Mariners’ Double-A team from 2016 to 2018.

Roy Howell, an 11-year MLB veteran in the 1970s and 1980s, will be the Triple-A hitting coach. Howell has been with the organization for a while now, and at one point he managed the Rainiers.

Rob Marecello is the team’s pitching coach. He was set to coach the Rainiers’ pitchers last year before the pandemic hit. He previously coached in High-A in 2019.

Former MLB player Eric Young Jr. will also be on the staff. He played MLB baseball from 2009 to 2018 and led the National League in stolen bases in 2013. His father, Eric Young Sr., played in MLB from 1992 to 2006.

Double-A Arkansas

Former MLB outfielder Collin Cowgill will manage the Double-A Arkansas Travelers.

Cowgill had actually signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners ahead of 2020 but hasn’t played in an MLB game since 2016.

Cowgill’s hitting coach is Joe Thurston, an MLB infielder from 2002 to 2011 who joined the organization last year.

The Travelers’ pitching coach is Alon Leichman. Leichman joined the Mariners in 2017 as the coordinator for organizational learning and was the High-A pitching coach in 2019. He was promoted to the Double-A coaching staff last year.

Ryan McLaughlin will also be on the coaching staff. The 23 year old officially retired last year.

High-A Everett

The Everett AquaSox, the Mariners’ longtime short-season Low-A team, will be the High-A squad in 2021 and led once again by Louis Boyd, a 2017 24th-round draft pick by Seattle. He appeared in parts of two minor league seasons for the Mariners as an infielder. He has been the manager of the AquaSox since 2019.

Former Mariners utility man Shawn O’Malley, a Tri-Cities native, will coach the High-A hitters. O’Malley was set to be the High-A hitting coach last year before the pandemic.

Sean McGrath will coach the Aquasox pitchers. He joined the organization after spending two seasons at Elon University, where he coached 2019 first-round pitcher George Kirby and 2019 eighth-round pitcher Ty Adcock.

Jose Umbria will also have a role on the coaching staff, and he’s been with the Mariners organization since 2010 in numerous roles.

Low-A Modesto

The Modesto Nuts once again will be a Mariners affiliate, this time as the organization’s Low-A team.

Eric Farris will lead the Nuts. He was the Low-A hitting coach in 2019 and was set to manage the Low-A team last season.

Farris’ hitters will be led by Ron Benjamin, who was set to be the Low-A hitting coach last year.

Nathaniel Bannister will coach pitchers, as he was to do in 2020. Bannister pitched in the Mariners organization in 2017 and 2018.

Geoff Jimenez is in his first year with the Mariners after spending 2020 with the Phillies. He previously coached at Maryville University.

Rookie Peoria

Austin Knight, who previously managed the Dominican Mariners, will be the manager for rookie ball in Peoria. He’s been with the organization since 2016.

Michael Fransoso, who joined the organization, will coach the team’s hitters.

Yoel Monzon is back with Peoria as pitching coach, a title he’s held since 2019.

Zac Livingston, who previously managed the Mariners’ rookie ball team in Arizona, will also be on the coaching staff.

Dominican Mariners

Luis Caballero, who joined the organization last year, will manage the Mariners’ Dominican summer team.

Brett Schneider, who also joined the Mariners last year, will coach hitters, which is what he was slated to do in 2020.

Jose Amancio will again coach the team’s pitchers, a job he’s held since 2018.

Also on the Dominican coaching staff are Juan Pimentel and Gaudy Jabalera.

Pimentel is in his first year with the Mariners while Jabalera is in his second.

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LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly won't be alongside Joe Torre in the Los Angeles Dodgers ' dugout for every game this year.

Mattingly will be moved from Dodgers hitting coach to major league special assignment coach for the 2008 season due to family reasons, the team said Tuesday. Mike Easler will replace Mattingly as hitting coach.

"Donnie is prioritizing his family first," his agent, Ray Schulte, wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "The Dodgers have been very supportive, creating a position so Don can still make a contribution to the team throughout the year!"

After losing out to Joe Girardi for the New York Yankees ' managerial job, Mattingly agreed to follow Torre to Los Angeles.

Mattingly will now assist with the Dodgers' major league coaching staff during spring training and throughout the season. He still wants to become a major league manager one day.

"I'm very grateful that the Dodgers have allowed me to take care of these family matters and I hope that everyone can respect our privacy during this time," Mattingly said in a statement issued by the team. "I truly appreciate the support of all Dodger fans since joining the organization and I look forward to helping the team win in 2008 and beyond."

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he was surprised when Mattingly contacted him.

"He's still going to be a piece of the organization. We're happy about that," Colletti said. "Some of this we're going to play by ear regarding his schedule. A lot of this will get ferreted out as the year goes on.

"It's one of those situations that needs to be taken care of and we support him completely. You're always disappointed when anybody has to go through any type of issues. We'll make the best of it, we'll be supportive of him."

Colletti said the change in jobs meant a change in Mattingly's contract, but wouldn't elaborate. Mattingly agreed to a multiyear deal when he joined the Dodgers, and it seemed a good possibility he would become the Dodgers' manager when the 67-year-old Torre's three-year contract runs out.

"It's too early to tell," Colletti said regarding the future. "My opinion of him hasn't changed. I still think he has a great amount of intellect and ability that he can bring to the organization. We'll see what transpires. I could have said that back in November."

The 57-year-old Easler was the St. Louis Cardinals ' hitting coach from 1999-2001, and served in the same capacity for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1992 and the Boston Red Sox from 1993-94. He spent the last two seasons as a hitting coach in the Dodgers' minor league system.

Among players Easler worked with during the past two years at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A Las Vegas were Matt Kemp , James Loney , Andy LaRoche , Delwyn Young and Chin-Lung Hu .

Colletti said he and Torre thought about Easler right away after hearing from Mattingly.

"He's been a hitting coach before in the big leagues, he's basically walked the walk with a number of our young kids," Colletti said. "It's almost February, the transition we thought would be easier with Mike, easier with our players. We thought he was the right person and deserved the opportunity to do it."

Easler called the move "a situation of what started two years ago."

"This is a blessing to me, a blessing to my family," he said. "These kids can play. I love these kids, these kids are like my sons. Timing is a key thing in this game. I've been in the game for 38 years. It so happens the timing is right now and I'm going to make the best of this year."

Cubs zeroing in on finalists for bullpen coach

General manager carter hawkins confirmed at the winter meetings monday that the remaining members of the cubs’ 2023 coaching staff are slated to return next season..

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Cubs are narrowing their list of candidates for bullpen coach to a set of finalists early this week, sources told the Sun-Times.

The full breadth of the Cubs’ search wasn’t clear, but internal candidates who got interviews included minor-league pitching coordinators Casey Jacobson , James Ogden and Carlos Chantres . Assistant pitching coach Daniel Moskos is expected to return in the same role next season. In the hierarchy of coaching positions, the Cubs see assistant pitching coach and bullpen coach on the same plane, just with different responsibilities.

General manager Carter Hawkins confirmed at the winter meetings Monday that the remaining members of the Cubs’ 2023 coaching staff are slated to return under new manager Craig Counsell , but he declined to specify the role each coach would take.

‘‘Excited about that,’’ Hawkins said. ‘‘Just doing some things around the fringes, and look forward to announcing that soon.’’

The Sun-Times previously has reported that pitching coach Tommy Hottovy , hitting coach Dustin Kelly and third-base coach Willie Harris will return in the same roles.

The Cubs had four openings on the coaching staff to fill this winter. The team parted ways with bullpen coach Chris Young , who is now with the Mariners as a special-assignment coach and scouting cross-checker, and catching and game-strategy coach Craig Driver after the season.

After the Cubs fired manager David Ross , bench coach Andy Green joined the Mets’ front office, overseeing their player development. Assistant hitting coach Johnny Washington left to become the Angels’ hitting coach.

The open job as assistant hitting coach presents an opportunity for John Mallee , who was the Cubs’ hitting coach in 2015-17 and was Triple-A Iowa’s hitting coach last season, to join the major-league coaching staff in that position. Before the Cubs fired Ross and hired Counsell, they added Mallee to the staff in an unspecified role.

The Cubs hired Ryan Flaherty as bench coach last week .

‘‘He’s able to connect with a lot of different types of players,’’ Hawkins said of Flaherty, noting that he’s the son of college coach Ed Flaherty . ‘‘He understands the game on a lot of different levels. He understands the newer aspects of the game but also can speak to the older, more nuanced aspects of the game.’’

Hawkins and Flaherty played college baseball together at Vanderbilt. After his major-league playing career, Flaherty rose through the Padres’ organization to bench coach last season.

Front-office movement

The Cubs made former vice president of player development Jared Banner’s promotion to assistant GM official. Hawkins said the Cubs will consider internal and external candidates to fill the position of farm director.

‘‘Really excited to have Jared in the opportunity that he’s in,’’ Hawkins said. ‘‘Just an unbelievable teammate, great worker, has experienced a lot of different things through his career.’’

Banner began his front-office career with the Red Sox and oversaw the Mets’ farm system before joining the Cubs as vice president of special projects. He headed the Cubs’ player-development department for the last two years.

‘‘Going into this season, it easily could be said any of the teams could have a great year and win the division.’’ — Reds manager David Bell , on the National League Central.

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Jacques Lemaire joined the Islanders organization at the start of the 2018-19 season.

Lemaire coached 1,262 regular-season NHL games for the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild. He led the Devils to their first Stanley Cup in 1995. Lemaire is an 11-time Stanley Cup champion, having won eight times with the Canadiens as a player and twice as assistant general manager.

Lemaire won a gold medal as an assistant with Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

A center, Lemaire's 12-year playing career with Montreal included 366 goals and 835 points in 853 regular-season games. He added 61 goals and 139 points in 145 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The LaSalle, Quebec, native was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984.

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Mark has an extensive hockey background. Professionally, Mark served as Strength & Conditioning Coach with the New York Rangers, Special Assignment Coach with the New Jersey Devils and Strength Coach with the Albany River Rats in the AHL. Mark has also spent time in the KHL in St. Petersburg, Russia in player development.

Mark also was the General Manager/Coach with the Metro Fighting Moose “Junior A” in the CEHL. 

At the collegiate level, Mark served as Assistant Coach with the Montclair State University Red Hawks Men’s Ice Hockey team, leading them to the Division II Nationals in 2011. Mark also coached Men’s Hockey at Ramapo College from 2016 – 2018.

Mark has also served as a Speed and Quickness coach with the New England Patriots of the NFL.

Currently, Mark trains professional boxers and coaches hockey at Morristown-Beard Prep in Morristown, NJ. 

Mark lives in Mahwah, New Jersey with his partner Beth and has two sons Sean and Ty.

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Many designer bag brands use the same materials. For Coach, some of the most common ones include:

Pebble leather — a soft leather with a bumpy finish. Pebble leather is a customer favorite, but it requires upkeep. It needs leather cleaner and moisturizer to maintain its quality.

Cross-grain leather — a hard, durable leather. Cross-grain leather is easy to clean with a wet washcloth and, in my opinion, does not require frequent moisturizing.

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Walking into a designer bag store and trying to choose color, material, size, and style is overwhelming. But you can find the perfect bag if you ask yourself the right questions.

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Coach specifically has sales during Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor day, Black Friday , and Christmas. Sales usually include an extra 15% to 20% off.

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I also suggest signing up for Coach's mailing list, which will keep you updated on the latest deals.

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