11/16/2004 12:44 PM ET
Jeff Newman named Seattle Mariners third base coach; Carlos Garcia named first base coach
Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Bill Bavasi announced today that Jeff Newman and Carlos Garcia will join manager Mike Hargrove's Major League coaching staff for the 2005 season. Newman has been named third base coach and Garcia will be first base coach.
"I know Jeff real well. I had him all the time I was in Cleveland and one of the years in Baltimore," Hargrove said. "He does a tremendous job both as a catching instructor and as a third base coach. He's a good solid addition to the staff."
"Carlos spent last season as the AAA infield and hitting coach in Buffalo," Hargrove continued. "He brings a lot to the table as well. He's a good instructor, a good baseball man and a guy with a lot of character and presence."
Today's additions complete the Mariners 2005 coaching staff. In addition to Newman and Garcia, Ron Hassey will be bench coach, Don Baylor will be the hitting coach, Bryan Price will return as pitching coach and Jim Slaton has been named bullpen coach.
"With our whole staff what we tried to do was to bring in solid character guys who were good instructors and willing to work," Hargrove said. "All six of my coaches fit that description. They are solid guys, good baseball men, great people and all have a work ethic that will help this team improve."
Newman, 56, has served as a field assistant for the Commissioner's Office of Major League Baseball since 2002. For the 2000 season, Newman was the bench coach for the Baltimore Orioles. He spent eight seasons (1992-99) on Mike Hargrove's coaching staff in Cleveland as the third base coach and catching instructor before joining him in Baltimore as bench coach. Prior to joining the Indians organization, Newman spent six seasons (1986-91) with the Oakland Athletics as a coach and instructor at both the Major League and minor league levels.
Newman spent eight and a half years in the Majors, primarily as a catcher, for Oakland (1976-82) and Boston (1983-84). In 1979, he was named to the American League All-Star team. He finished his career with a .224 average with 63 home runs and 233 RBI.
Garcia, 37, will enter his first season as a coach in the Major Leagues. He spent the last three seasons as hitting coach with AAA Buffalo in the Cleveland Indians minor league system. In 2002, Garcia served as a player-coach with the Bisons, but did not appear in a game for the Bisons. Garcia began his coaching career, following a 15-year playing career, including spending parts of 13 seasons at the Major League Level. After being signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1987, Garcia played with five different organizations (Pittsburgh, Toronto, Anaheim, San Diego and New York-AL). He appeared in 610 games in the majors, holding a career average of .266 with 33 home runs and 197 RBI. In 1992, he was named an American Association Triple-A All-Star, and in 1994 was selected to the National League All-Star Team.