Mariners announce one change to current major league coaching staff

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik and Manager Eric Wedge announced today one change in the 2013 coaching staff.

Returning in 2013 are: Bench Coach – Robby Thompson (infield); Pitching Coach – Carl Willis; 1B Coach – Mike Brumley (outfield/baserunning); 3B Coach – Jeff Datz (catching); Bullpen Coach – Jaime Navarro and Bullpen Catcher – Jason Phillips.

Hitting Coach Chris Chambliss will not have his contract renewed for the 2013 season.

“We will begin an immediate search for a new hitting coach,” Zduriencik said. “On behalf of the Mariners organization, I want to thank Chris for all of his hard work and dedication over the past two seasons.”

“As we go through the process of getting this team where we want it to be, the coaches are a big part of it” Wedge said. “We are all already at work getting ready for the 2013 season with meetings today, and the coaches and staff will be in contact with our players all winter. I too want to thank Chris for his efforts the past two seasons.”

Thompson, 50, returns as bench coach and also oversees infield instruction. Prior to joining the Mariners, he spent eight seasons (2003-10) as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations with the Cleveland Indians. Prior to joining the Indians organization, Thompson was part of the San Francisco Giants coaching staff in 2000 and 2001.

Willis, 51, will be in his fourth season as the Mariners big league pitching coach in 2013. The Mariners finished fourth in the American League in ERA with a 3.76 mark, despite using rookie pitchers in 153 games (24 starts) this season. Willis joined the organization prior to the 2010 season as the Minor League Pitching Coordinator, and spent the last two months of the 2010 season, and all of 2011 and 2012, as the Mariners pitching coach. He spent the previous seven seasons (2003-2009) as the Cleveland Indians Major League pitching coach.

Brumley, 48, returns for his fourth season on the Mariners coaching staff in 2013. He was first base coach (and worked with the outfielders and baserunning) in 2011-12, after splitting the 2010 season as first base and third base coach.

Datz, 52, will be in his third season with the Mariners. He also is responsible for running spring training for the team. Datz served as bench coach for the Orioles in 2010. Previously, Datz spent eight seasons on the Indians Major League coaching staff in several different capacities. He was the bench coach for Eric Wedge from 2007-09, and was also spent time as the Indians third base coach (2006) and first base coach (2003-05).

Navarro, 45, will also be in his third season on the Mariners Major League coaching staff in 2013. In 2012, the Mariners bullpen had a 3.37 ERA (down from 3.56 in 2011), and limited opposing teams to a .230 batting average against. Navarro spent the three seasons (2008-10) as a pitching coach in the Mariners farm system. He was the pitching coach of the 2010 Pacific Coast League champion Tacoma Rainiers and has been instrumental in working with many of the current pitchers on the Major League staff.

Phillips, 36, enters his fifth season as the Mariners bullpen catcher. He played parts of seven seasons in the Majors Leagues with the Mets (2001-04), Dodgers (2005) and Blue Jays (2006-07).

Chambliss, 63, spent two seasons as the Mariners hitting coach. The 2012 season was his 15th season overall as a big league hitting coach, his 43rd in professional baseball. Chambliss’s 14 years of experience as a Major League hitting coach include the Yankees (1988, 1996-2000), Cardinals (1993-95), Mets (2002) and Reds (2004-06). He was a member of four World Series champion teams with the Yankees and was a coach on the American League All-Star team in 1999.

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 www.mariners.com.