Mariners name Howell Minor League coach

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that Jack Howell has been added to the organization as Seattle's Minor League field coordinator.

Howell will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the on-field instruction in the Mariners' player development system.

"We feel that Jack brings a lot of knowledge and experience to our player development staff," Zduriencik said. "He's been a Major League coach and a Major League player; he's managed in the Minors, and he has served as a Minor League hitting coordinator, among other roles in the game."

Howell spent the 2011 season as the Minor League hitting coordinator for the Florida Marlins system. He spent the previous nine years as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, including spending the 2009-2010 seasons as the Major League hitting coach. From 2005-2008, he was Minor League field coordinator for the D-Backs, and also had roles in the Arizona player development system as hitting coordinator (2004), AAA hitting coach (2003) and Minor League manager (2002).

Howell had a 12-year Major League career with California (1985-91, 1996-97), San Diego (1991) and Houston (1998-99). He also played four seasons in the Japanese Professional Baseball League with the Yakult Swallows (1992-95). In 1992, he won the batting title, the home run crown and was elected MVP. In 1993, he helped lead the Swallows to the Japan Series.