It’s unofficially official – meaning it’s happened but hasn’t been announced yet – that the Seattle Mariners have a new third base coach and two Gold Glove Award winners.
The team is finalizing a contract with coach Sam Perlozzo, who will complete the coaching staff for manager John McLaren.
And those Gold Gloves? Ichiro Suzuki got his seventh, and first as a fulltime centerfielder – and third baseman Adrian Beltre won the first of his career.
For Ichiro, it’s just a little more bling for the trophy case.
For Beltre, it’s an honor he’s wanted for years – and probably won in part because usual third base winner Eric Chavez of Oakland was injured most of the season.
As for Perlozzo, he returns to the third-base coaching line in Seattle for the first time since 1995. A longtime minor league player, the 56-year-old Perlozzo has coached with the Reds, Mariners, Twins and Orioles and managed Baltimore until being fired last summer.