TORONTO – Daren Brown who has been the manager at Triple-A Tacoma joined the Mariners for Friday’s game at Rogers Centre.
He’ll be the third-base coach while regular third-base coach Jeff Datz has treatment for cancer.
The organization’s minor-league catching co-ordinator John Stearns coached at third the past three games but he is taking over as manager at Tacoma while Brown assumes the third-base coaching duties with the Mariners.
Brown was the Mariners’ interim manager for part of the 2010 season.
Manager Eric Wedge said that Brown is familiar with coaching third base, a job he also performs as manager with Tacoma.
“We had John up here temporarily,” Wedge said before Friday’s game against the Blue Jays. “We wanted to go with a more permanent move. Brownie obviously has been managing for a long time and coaching third base for a long time. If we had a split squad in spring training and I wasn’t there or Datzie wasn’t out there, he would be the guy who would go out there so he’s familiar with everything we’re doing. It works out well with John, too, with the young catchers down in Triple-A and he has a lot of managerial experience as well.”
Brown and Stearns had a meeting in Tacoma on Thursday. “He got to the ballpark in Tacoma about 11:30 and I didn’t leave there until about four o’clock when they took the field for batting practice. We’ve got a good group of young kids there, they’ve been playing well so they’ll be all right.”
There is a difference in coaching third base in Triple-A and the major-leagues. “The game is quicker up here, it’s faster up here,” Brown said. “It’s the big leagues, it’s where the best players so there is a difference.”
Rogers Centre also has artificial turf that makes things happen a little bit quicker as well.
“It makes the game faster,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of things you take into account in any decision you might have to make. I’ve been here a couple of times.”