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October 5, 2007 at 6:58 PM

Mass coaching exodus in Seattle

Wave goodbye to the entire Mariners coaching staff other than hitting coach Jeff Pentland. That’s right, the M’s have let go pitching coach Rafael Chaves, third base coach Carlos Garcia, bench coach Mike Goff, bullpen coach Jim Slaton, and reassigned first base coach Gary Thurman to the minor leagues. Incoming moves are not yet known.
Some of it is a surprise, some not. When I spoke to Chaves two days before the season ended, I asked him whether Brandon Morrow’s attempts to join the rotation next year would be his biggest off-season project.
“Not my biggest project,” he kept on saying.
He had a grin on his face. A resigned one. He seemed to have a feeling he’d be looking for work.
Garcia also seemed somewhat resigned to his fate, as is often the case when a new manager takes over and wants to bring his own people in. There’s some unfairness in his case, since he was brought in as a first base coach and moved over to the more difficult position at third because of circumstance. He did the best job he could, though it didn’t always work out for the best.
Chaves did some good work with Felix Hernandez and was quite close to him. Same with Garcia and Jose Lopez and Yuniesky Betancourt. It would seem that of any new coaches brought in, the ability of at least one to speak Spanish would seem paramount. Then again, the English of Hernandez and Lopez is much better, so who knows?
Goff goes because most new managers want their own bench coaches. Slaton is out, likely because Norm Charlton is sitting around waiting for a big league job. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take over in the bullpen. As for the others, Sam Perlozzo is out there — a good buddy of manager John McLaren. So is Lee Elia. Let’s see what happens in coming days.

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