Mariners announce Minor League Staffs

Jack Zduriencik, Chris Gwynn and the Mariners announced the organizations' Minor League Coaching Staffs for the upcoming 2015 season today.

The Seattle Mariners, GM Jack Zduriencik and Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn announced their full slate of Minor League Coaching Staffs and Instructors for the 2015 season today. Seattle, one affiliate lighter than in recent seasons, counts 57 returnees among the 62 positions selected to lead up the club's eight minor league stops, with new Tacoma Manager Pat Listach being the only new-to-the-organization man in charge of any level.

Listach spent five years on the MLB coaching staffs of the Nationals, Cubs and Astros and has also coached in the minor leagues for nearly a decade. Joining Listach in Tacoma will be Pitching Coach Jaime Navarro and Hitting Coach Cory Snyder, both of whom will be in their second year with the Rainiers in 2015.

James Horner returns for his second season as manager of the Double-A Jackson Generals in what will be his ninth season as part of a minor league staff for Seattle. For Pitching Coach Lance Painter, 2015 will be his fifth season with the M's Double-A affiliate and 10th season coaching in the organization overall. Jackson's Hitting Coach will be 2014 Tacoma Manager Roy Howell. Howell was slated to hold this same position a season ago, but when Rich Donnelly was moved up to be the M's third base coach, Howell moved up to Tacoma.

The first Manager for the M's second go-round with a High-A affiliate in Bakersfield will be Eddie Menchaca. Menchaca managed the High Desert Mavericks last season and has coached in Seattle's system for seven seasons. Pitching Coach Andrew Lorraine and Hitting Coach Max Venable each return to Menchaca's staff for 2015, too, this time heading up the Blaze.

Manager Scott Steinmann, Pitching Coach Cibney Bello and Hitting Coach Mike Kinkade all are returning for another year leading the Low-A Clinton Lumber Kings. Steinmann has managed eight seasons in the organization, and 2015 will be his fourth season spent in the Midwest League.

Rob Mummau, who managed the Pulaski Mariners (a Yankees affiliate starting this coming June) in 2014, returns to the helm of the M's Northwest League affiliate again in 2015, reclaiming the post he held in 2012 and 2013. He'll bring his Pitching Coach, Jason Blanton, with him from Pulaski, and the two will be joined by holdover Hitting Coach Mike Davis.

Darrin Garner, Rich Dorman, Andy Bottin and James Lofton will be the coaches for the Peoria Mariners in the Arizona League while Jose Umbria, Danielin Acevedo, Francisco Gerez and Jose Guillen will handle those duties for the Dominican club and Russell Vasquez, Carlos Hernandez, Alex Delgado, Richard Paz and Selwyn Langaigne will head the Venezuelan Summer League team.

There are no changes to the club's roster of Roving Instructors, headed by Minor League Field Coordinator Jack Howell. This group of special assignment coaches includes Mariners Hall of Famers Alvin Davis and Dan Wilson along with former Big League Manager Daren Brown among others.

This entire group will be in Peoria for spring training in about a month as Seattle prepares for the 2015 season and works to get all of their minor leaguers -- as well as the big club -- in top form for the upcoming year.

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