The Mariners have hired Mike Brumley to replace the fired Bruce Hines as third-base coach, the team announced this afternoon. Brumley, a former major-league infielder, had a stint with the Mariners in 1990.
“We talked to candidates inside and outside the organization,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a press release, “and Mike will be a great fit for us. He’s had experience as a major league shortstop, a minor league manager and third base coach and as a minor league field coordinator.”
Brumley’s career intersected with manager Don Wakamatsu when he served as the Texas Rangers’ field coordinator from 2005-07, and as a minor-league manager in the Angels’ organization from 2001-04. The last three seasons he was a Triple-A manager at Salt Lake. Wakamatsu was a Rangers’ coach from 2003-07, and was a field coordinator for the Angels in 2001-02.
“I have had the opportunity to work with Mike in the past,” Wakamatsu said, “and know first hand of his passion for winning and skill as a teacher. He will be a good fit on our staff.”
The Mariners have now completed their 2010 coaching staff. He joins six returning coaches: 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.
Brumley, 45, was a college teammate of Roger Clemens at the University of Texas. He spent last season as the Dodgers’ minor-league field coordinator. He played parts of eight seasons in the majors, including 62 games with the M’s in 1990, hitting .224. He also appeared in the big leagues with the Cubs (1987), Detroit (1988), Boston (1991-92), Houston (1993, 1995) and Oakland (1994). His father, Mike, played parts of three seasons with the Washington Senators (1964-66).