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10/19/2009 1:27 PM ET
Mariners Announce Most of Coaching Staff to Return for 2010 Season
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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that the club will retaining the following coaches for the 2010 season: bench coach Ty Van Burkleo, pitching coach Rick Adair, hitting coach Alan Cockrell, first base coach Lee Tinsley, bullpen coach John Wetteland and performance coach Steve Hecht.

Third base coach Bruce Hines will not be retained for the 2010 season.

"We appreciate Bruce's work, efforts, and contributions during this past season," said Zduriencik. "We wish him the very best in his professional career, but the club has decided to go in a different direction."

Hines joined the Mariners coaching staff after serving as the minor league field coordinator for the Los Angeles Angels from 2006-08. He was previously a Major League first base coach/outfield instructor in 1991 with the then California Angels. His minor league coaching career with the Angels included four seasons as an infield instructor (2002-05), one as a roving outfield instructor (2001) and three as a roving defense instructor (1998-2000).

Manager Don Wakamatsu led the Mariners to an 85-77 record in 2009, finishing in 3rd place in the American League West. The Mariners became the 13th team in baseball history to improve from a 100-loss team (61-101 in '08) to playing winning baseball.

For more information, please contact the Seattle Mariners baseball information department at (206) 346-4000. More information on Seattle's roster is also available online at or

All Mariners releases, game notes, statistics and daily minor league report is also available by visiting the Mariners Virtual Press Box at

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