Trent Jewett, who coached in the Washington Nationals organization since 2009, was hired to be the Seattle Mariners bench coach, the team announced Monday.
Jewett has ties to new Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who employed Jewett as the Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach when he managed the team.
“I am looking forward to getting the chance to work with Trent again,” McClendon said in a statement released by the Mariners. “We go back a ways as he was on my coaching staff in Pittsburgh, and we have a very trusting relationship.”
Jewett, 49, was the Nationals third base coach in 2013 and before that spent coached first base. He was a major league coach for the Nationals prior to moving into the first base coaches box on July 1, 2011.
The native of Dallas, will be entering his 27th season in professional baseball, and his seventh season as an MLB coach. Before joining the Nationals, Jewett spent his entire career as a player, coach and minor league manager with the Pirates.
He served as Pittsburgh’s third base coach from midway through the 2000 season through the 2002 campaign, including the 2001-2002 seasons with McClendon as the Pirates manager.
“We are very excited to add an excellent baseball man like Trent to our staff,” said Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik.
“Trent’s extensive background as a minor league manager, instructor, Major League coach and his 27 years of baseball experience make him a well-rounded fit for this position. We are looking forward to Trent’s contributions as he joins our organization.”
During his 17 seasons as a minor league manager, Jewett compiled a 1,178-1,165 record for a .503 winning percentage. He managed 12 of his 17 seasons at the Triple-A level, and in 2007 was selected by Baseball America as the International League’s “Best Manager Prospect.”
Jewett spent four seasons as a catcher in the Pirates minor league system after signing with the organization in 1987 out of the University of North Texas.