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12/01/2008 3:41 PM ET
Seattle Mariners hire Ty Van Burkleo as bench coach and Lee Tinsley as first base coach
Van Burkleo and Tinsley become first additions to Don Wakamatsu's coaching staff
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SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik and Field Manager Don Wakamatsu announced today that the club has named Ty Van Burkleo as bench coach and Lee Tinsley as first base coach.

"Don and our baseball operations staff are working closely in forming this coaching staff and we are excited to welcome Ty Van Burkleo and Lee Tinsley to our organization," said Zduriencik. "They both have experience working with Don, which is a very positive step towards building a foundation of team unity. Lee has some Mariner ties as a former player and Ty has spent the last few years as a coach in our division."

Van Burkleo, 46, joins the Mariners after serving the last two seasons as the hitting coach for the Oakland A's. Prior to that, Van Burkleo was the minor league roving hitting instructor in the Los Angeles Angels organization. His ties with Wakamatsu go back to when the two were minor league coaches together in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization from 1997 to 1999. Van Burkleo was a coach on Wakamatsu's staff at Single-A High Desert (1998) and Double-A El Paso (1999).

Van Burkleo played professionally for 14 seasons, including Major League stints with the California Angels (1993) and Colorado Rockies (1994). He made his Major League debut with the Angels on July 28, 1993 and hit .152 with one home run for the Halos. He also played five seasons in Japan for Seibu (1987-90) and Hiroshima (1991).

Tinsley, 38, joins the Mariners after serving the last three seasons as the first base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the D-Backs, Tinsley also oversaw outfield instruction, helping mentor the development of young outfielders Chris Young and Justin Upton. After a 14-year playing career, Tinsley made his coaching debut as the hitting coach at Double-A El Paso. Tinsley and Wakamatsu were both roving minor league instructors in the Los Angeles Angels organization in 2002.

A veteran of 14 professional seasons, Tinsley appeared in 361 Major League games with the Mariners (1993, 1997), Red Sox (1994-96) and Phillies (1996). He appeared in 49 games for the Mariners in 1997, his last season in the Majors.
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