The Seattle Mariners front office and manager John McLaren are meeting in Arizona this weekend to discuss replacements to a 2008 coaching staff that now includes one man – hitting coach Jeff Pentland.
High on the list of candidates for bench coach is a familiar name to Mariners fans, Lee Elia.
Elia worked with the Mariners in two different stints under Lou Piniella, from 1993 to 1997, then again from 2001 to 2003. A former manager, third base coach, bench coach and hitting instructor, Elia has worked with McLaren in Seattle and Tampa Bay.
Among the other candidates is former Seattle closer Norm Charlton, and it’s possible McLaren and the team may try to talk former players like Edgar Martinez and Jay Buhner into more active coaching roles.
Both were in spring training last year with Seattle.