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Mariners Coaching Purge Leaves Only One Man Standing

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Oct. 5, 2007 at 6:30 pm with No Comments »
October 5, 2007 6:30 pm

After finishing with their best record in four years, the Seattle Mariners and new manager John McLaren swept all but one member of the 2007 coaching staff out of work Friday.

Hitting coach Jeff Pentland, under whom the team batted .287 this season – second in the American League – has been invited to return.

Pitching coach Rafael Chaves, third base coach Carlos Garcia, bench coach Mike Goff and bullpen coach Jim Slaton were not.

First base coach Gary Thurman will return to his minor league roving instructor position, the one he held until the first week in July when he was promoted by the organization.

For McLaren, the moves give him the chance to build his own coaching staff – something that wasn’t possible when he was given the job on July 2 following Mike Hargrove’s startling decision to step down.

The search for new coaches begins immediately. Stay tuned.

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