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07/03/2007 2:03 PM ET
McLaren names Mike Goff bench coach and Gary Thurman first base coach
John Moses to coach first until Thurman joins club on Thursday
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KANSAS CITY -- Seattle Mariners manager John McLaren and Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Bill Bavasi announced today that current first base coach/outfielders coach Mike Goff will become the bench coach. Gary Thurman, currently the organization's outfield/baserunning coordinator, has been named the first base coach and outfielders coach.

Goff, 44, is in his second full season on the Major League coaching staff and his 16th in the Mariners organization. He joined the staff at the end of the 2005 season and has served as the first base coach, while also helping instruct the outfielders and baserunning. Goff was interim bench coach for the final month of the season in 2006. The Mobile, Ala., native spent the previous nine seasons as the coordinator of instruction for the Mariners minor league system. From 1993-96, Goff compiled a 226-199 (.532) record as a manager in two seasons each at rookie-level Bellingham and Single-A Wisconsin.

Goff began his new duties in Monday night's game in Kansas City.

Thurman, 42, is in his ninth season in the Mariners organization and first as the outfield/baserunning coordinator. The former Major Leaguer managed Inland Empire (Single-A) to the California League championship in 2006 and spent 2004-05 seasons as a coach at Double-A San Antonio. Thurman played nine years in the Majors with Kansas City (1987-92), Detroit (1993), Seattle (1995) and New York Mets (1997). In 13 games with the Mariners during the historic 1995 season, he batted .320 (8x25) with two doubles, three RBI and five stolen bases.

Thurman will not start his new post until July 5, and former Mariners outfielder John Moses will fill the spot on an interim basis. Moses is currently with the Mariners as a left-handed batting practice pitcher.

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