Mariners name 2005 minor league coaching staffs

Here is the complete rundown of Mariners' minor league coaching staffs in 2005.

TRIPLE-A TACOMA


Dan Rohn

TACOMA, WA - Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Frank Mattox announced that Dan Rohn will return as the field manager for the Tacoma Rainiers in 2005.

Rohn will begin his fifth season as the manager of the Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Rohn was named the Pacific Coast League's Manager of the Year and the top manager prospect in the PCL by Baseball America in 2004. Rohn guided Tacoma to a 79-63 record, finishing second in the Northern Division.

Rohn, 48, is the 24th manager in Tacoma's franchise history. He has compiled a 295-276 (.517) record in four seasons at the helm of the Rainiers, amassing the second most wins in Tacoma's franchise history, trailing only Dave Myers (367, 1996-2000).

Pitching coach Rafael Chaves and coach Terry Pollreisz will join Rohn for their second season on the Rainiers field staff. Rob Nodine will return for his fourth season as the club's athletic trainer.

Rohn was also named the PCL's Manager of the Year in 2001 after guiding the Rainiers to the best record in the league (85-59) and a share of the league championship. The Rainiers Co-Championship earned Rohn the opportunity to manage the PCL All-Stars at the Triple-A All-Star Game in 2002 where the PCL defeated the International League 5-0.

Rohn also lead the New Haven Ravens to the Eastern League championship (Seattle Mariners Double-A affiliate) in 2000, before being promoted to manage Tacoma in 2001. He was named to the coaching staff in the Futures Game during the Major League All-Star Event at Safeco Field in 2001 and joined the Mariners staff at the conclusion of the Rainiers season the past four seasons.

Rohn enters his eighth season as a minor league manager in the Mariners organization. He also managed four seasons in the Minnesota Twins farm system. Rohn spent three years as the manager with the Mariners Double-A clubs (Orlando, 1998; New Haven 1999-2000). His managerial record in the Mariners organization is 509-484 (.513) and his overall record is 726-734 (.497).

A former major league utility player, Rohn played second base for the Tacoma Tigers in 1987. After spending parts of three seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs (1983-1984) and the Cleveland Indians (1986), Rohn signed as a minor league free agent with the Oakland A's in 1987. Rohn has also coached in the Pacific Coast League for the Portland Beavers in 1990 and the Salt Lake Buzz in 1994.


DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO


Dave Brundage

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The San Antonio Missions announced their 2005 coaching staff today. Returning to San Antonio for his fifth season as manager will be Dave Brundage. Also coming back to the Alamo City will be hitting coach Gary Thurman and trainer Chris Gorosics. Former major leaguer Dwight Bernard will join the Missions staff as pitching coach, replacing Scott Budner.

"We are excited that San Antonio has a majority of their staff returning and Bernard is a great addition to it," said Missions President Burl Yarbrough.

Brundage has amassed a 292-262 regular season record in four seasons with the Missions and has lead San Antonio to the playoffs in three of the four years he has been in San Antonio, including back-to- back Texas League titles in 2002 and 2003. He was named Baseball America's 2003 Minor League Manager of the Year after leading the Missions to their second straight title with an overall record of 92-52.

"We are lucky to have Brundy back. He has been nothing but excellent in San Antonio and the Mariners organization," said Greg Hunter, Director of Minor League Operations for the Seattle Mariners.

Brundy will be entering his 11th season in the Mariners organization and his eighth as a manager. Before coaching for Seattle, Brundage played seven seasons as an outfielder and pitcher in the Mariners farm system. He was an All-American outfielder for Oregon State University in 1986 and was drafted in the fourth round of the '86 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Brundage is the first manager since Don LeJohn, to return to San Antonio for his fifth consecutive year. LeJohn managed San Antonio from 1977-1982.

Joining the Missions staff as Pitching Coach for the 2005 season will be Dwight Bernard. Bernard is entering his second season as a coach in the Mariners organization and spent last year as the pitching coach for the Single-A team, the Inland Empire 66ers.

"Bernard excelled last year in Inland and brings lots of upper level coaching experience to the Missions," said Hunter.

Dwight spent the 2003 season as Minor League Pitching Coordinator for the Milwaukee Brewers and coached in the Brewers organization from 1998-2002. Before Milwaukee, Bernard was Minor League Pitching Coordinator for the Minnesota Twins from 1990 – 1996 and spent 1987 – 1989 as a coach in their organization. Dwight played 12 years of Professional Baseball with the New York Mets (1974 – 1979), Milwaukee Brewers (1980 – 1982), Houston Astros (1983-1984) and Baltimore Orioles (1985). Bernard pitched in the major leagues in 1978-1979 with the Mets and 1981-1982 with Brewers. The Mets drafted him in the second round in 1974.

Returning as hitting coach for the Missions in 2005 will be Gary Thurman. Thurman spent the 2003 season as a coach for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainers and spent the previous three seasons managing the Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Thurman led the Rattlers to the playoffs in 2000 and 2001, falling in the second round both seasons. In his four years as a manager in the Mariners organization, Gary compiled a 247-222 record overall. Thurman played nine seasons in the major leagues with Kansas City (1987-92), Detroit (1993), Seattle (1995), and the New York Mets (1997). Thurman had a .243 lifetime average in the majors as an outfielder.


HIGH-A INLAND EMPIRE


Daren Brown

SAN BERNARDINO, CA - The Seattle Mariners today announced the coaching staff for the Inland Empire 66ers Baseball Club of San Bernardino's 2005 season.

Manager Daren Brown returns for his second consecutive season with the 66ers and fourth overall at the helm in San Bernardino. Brown led the 2004 club to a 77-63 record and a postseason berth. The 66ers eventually fell to the Lancaster Jet Hawks three games to one in the California League South Division Championship Series. A native of Holdenville, OK and resident of Amarillo, TX, the 37-year-old Brown shows a lifetime managerial record of 433-267 (.618). Brown will enter his fifth year in the Mariners minor league system, after managing the San Bernardino Stampede in 2001 and 2002, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A, Midwest League) in 2003 and the 66ers in 2004. Previously, Brown spent three years as manager of the Amarillo Dillas in the independent Texas-Louisiana League, winning a division title each season and capturing the league crown in the 1999 campaign.

Pitching Coach Scott Budner will be back for his sixth season in the Mariners system and his second tour with the 66ers. Budner was on the staff of the California League Champion 66ers squad of 2003. The resident of Jacksonville Beach, FL spent last season with the San Antonio Missions (Class AA, Texas League). Budner worked for five years coaching in the Oakland Athletics organization prior to joining the Mariners.

Hitting Coach Henry Cotto will revisit San Bernardino for the third consecutive season. Cotto, a career .261 hitter in 10 major league seasons (Cubs, Yankees, Mariners, Marlins), will commence his tenth year coaching in the Mariners system. The resident of Chicago and native of Puerto Rico spent the 2003 season coaching the hitters on the 66ers' championship team. Cotto was the Mariners base running coordinator in 2002 and has also coached at the Double A and Triple A levels.

Trainer Andrew Nelson will come back for his second straight year in the Inland Empire. Nelson served last year with the Sixers after spending the 2003 season with the Arizona Brewers (Rookie, Arizona League).


MID-A WISCONSIN


Scott Steinmann

APPLETON, WI: For the fourth consecutive year the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will welcome a new field manager to Fox Cities Stadium.

The Seattle Mariners have announced that Scott Steinmann will return to Appleton as the Timber Rattlers 2005 field manager. Steinmann was the Rattlers hitting coach in 2000 - 2001 and also was a catcher on the 1997 Timber Rattler roster. For the past two seasons, Steinmann has managed the Peoria Mariners (AZ). Steinmann replaces 2004 field manager Steve Roadcap.

The Rattlers will also receive a new hitting coach. The Mariners have assigned Tommy Cruz to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to replace Dana Williams. Williams was the hitting coach in Appleton the past three seasons and will spend the '05 season as the manager of the Peoria Mariners.

Cruz will spend his 15th season with the Mariners as a member of the Timber Rattlers. He has been the hitting coach for the Peoria Mariners for the past 9 seasons. Cruz played professional baseball from 1970-85 and had two brief major league stints with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973 and the Chicago White Sox in 1977.

Returning for their fourth season in Wisconsin will be pitching coach, Brad Holman, and trainer, Jeremy Clipperton.


LOW-A EVERETT


Pedro Grifol

EVERETT, WA - The Everett AquaSox announced today the return of ballclub manager Pedro Grifol, pitching coach Marcos Garcia and trainer Spyder Webb. A new addition to the AquaSox field staff will be former Sox player James Horner.

Horner, a native of Snoqualmie, Wash., began his professional baseball career with the AquaSox in 1996 after signing as a non-drafted free agent. Horner continued his career in the Mariners' organization playing for the Double-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions, and the Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers. In 2003, he was selected to play for the Texas League West Division All-Star team, hitting three doubles and two RBI in five games during the Texas League Championships.

Grifol is entering his third season with the ballclub and led the AquaSox to a 41-35 record in 2004. During the offseason, Grifol is a scout for the Seattle Mariners, and prior to his experience in Everett, he scouted in both Florida and Puerto Rico. He played in the minor league system of the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins before finishing his playing career in 2001.

Garcia joins the AquaSox for his second consecutive season after spending 2003 as the pitching coach for Peoria. He coached the Sox' pitching crew from 2000 to 2002. Garcia played in the Mariners' farm system from 1989 to 1994 after signing as a non-drafted free agent with the organization in 1988.


ROOKIE LEAGUE PEORIA


Dana Williams

PEORIA, AZ – Dana Williams has been named the manager of the Mariners rookie league team in Peoria, Arizona for the 2005 season. Williams spent the last three seasons as the hitting coach at Wisconsin.

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