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November 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Mariners officially confirm Chris Gwynn as new director of player development

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This one is sort of old news already, but Chris Gwynn (right in photo) has been confirmed by the Mariners as their new director of player development.
The news broke last week, but the team was unable to confirm it because MLB rules prohibit such announcements during the World Series. Gwynn, 47, takes over from Pedro Grifol, who has been announced as the new manager of the Class A High Desert Mavericks.
“We are happy to have Chris Gwynn join the Mariners organization,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said in a release. “He is a highly respected baseball man and he brings a wealth of knowledge from both the minor and Major League levels, and we look forward to his contributions.”


Gwynn is the younger brother of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn (left in photo) and spent the last 12 years in scouting with the San Diego Padres.
Grifol had run the team’s farm system the past three seasons under Zduriencik, but had made it known he wanted to get into managing. The team assigned him to manage the Lara Cardenales of the Venezuelan winter league this off-season while it searched for a replacement.
“Pedro did a nice job in his three years in charge of the farm system, but his strong desire to manage has led him to his new endeavor,” Zduriencik said. “This move is a great opportunity for him to pursue his passion and return to the field.”

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