10/19/2006 7:32 PM ET
Mariners name John McLaren as new bench coach
PEORIA -- Seattle Mariners Manager Mike Hargrove announced today from the club's organizational meetings that the Mariners have named John McLaren as the Major League bench coach.
With the addition of McLaren, Hargrove's 2007 staff is complete. McLaren will join pitching coach Rafael Chaves, third base coach Carlos Garcia, first base coach Mike Goff, hitting coach Jeff Pentland and bullpen coach Jim Slaton, all of whom return from last year's staff.
"I am very pleased to be able to add John to my coaching staff," Hargrove said. "We had a very good interview here in Arizona, and I think he will work well with me, and with the rest of the staff. John is a knowledgeable, talented baseball guy. His substantial experience as a bench coach and his abilities as a catching instructor make him a great fit for us.
"He's also been a great part of the Mariners, having spent a decade in Seattle in a variety of coaching roles. I think he's a great addition to our coaching staff."
McLaren, 55, will be in his 37th season in professional baseball, his 21st as a Major League coach and his 11th with Seattle in 2007. He previously served as bullpen (1993-94), bench (1995, 1998-2002) and third base (1996-97) coach with Seattle.
"I consider Seattle my second home," McLaren said. "The best times of my professional life were there and I always knew if I had a chance to get back to the Mariners and the great Seattle fans I couldn't pass it up. I'm already excited for the start of spring training and for being a small part in helping Seattle get back on top in the AL West."
McLaren spent the 2006 season as a scout for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization after spending the 2003-2005 seasons as the Rays bench coach. McLaren also was a Major League coach with Toronto (third base, 1986-90), Boston (bullpen, 1991) and Cincinnati (third base, 1992). John began his pro coaching career in Utica (Toronto system) in 1977, then managed in the Jays minor league organization for eight seasons. He also spent nine seasons as a manager in winter ball in Colombia (1981-82), Lara (1984-87, 1993) and La Guaira (1997-98).
McLaren, who resides in Peoria, AZ, was selected by the Houston Astros in seventh round of the 1970 draft. He played for seven minor league seasons (1970-76).
"This is a talented, hardworking, professional staff," Hargrove added. "Each member is dedicated to doing everything possible to help our players improve and to contribute to the Mariners winning ballgames."
Chaves, 38, enters his second season as the Mariners pitching coach and his ninth season as a coach in the Mariners organization.
Garcia, 39, will begin his second full season as third base coach and third season as a coach in the Mariners organization. He was the Mariners first base coach for most of 2005, before shifting to third base in September. He will also continue to work with the Major League infielders.
Goff, 44, begins his second year as first base coach with Seattle in 2007 and in his 16th season as a coach in the Mariners organization. In addition to his responsibilities as first base coach, Goff will continue coaching the outfielders and baserunning.
Pentland, 60, enters his second season as hitting coach for the Mariners and his 11th season as a big league coach.
Slaton, 56, has been in the Mariners organization for 10 seasons, including spending the last two seasons as the Major League bullpen coach.