The third base coach whose decision to send Ken Griffey Jr. home from first in the ’95 American League Divisional Series – setting up perhaps the most famous play in franchise history – could return to the Seattle Mariners.
Sam Perlozzo’s career wasn’t exactly defined by that play, when Junior scored in the 11th inning and the Mariners won their first post-season series. Since then, he’s been a third base coach, bench coach and, with the Baltimore Orioles, a major league manager.
A coach under Lou Piniella in Cincinnati and Seattle, Perlozzo, 56, has also coached in Minnesota.
The Mariners approached Perlozzo last month about becoming manager John McLaren’s bench coach – a spot since filled by Jim Riggleman. Now that Larry Bowa has declined their offer to coach third, signing with the Dodgers instead, the Mariners want Perlozzo.
The team will talk to Perlozzo again late today and likely make him an offer from the GM Meetings in Orlando.