Overhaul: Welcome the New Seattle Mariners Coaching Staff

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John Stearns has been promoted from in-house to take over as the Mariners third base coach. Last season he was the manager of the Mariners’ Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers team.

Stearns, oddly enough, also played for the Mets during his professional baseball career which stretched from 1975-1984. In 1977 he was the Mets’ lone representative at the All-Star game. He had a terrible second half to that season, though.

I don’t know too much about Stearns, or about the relative importance of a good third base coach. But he was a catcher, has a good baseball mind, and when I saw him manage a game this season down in Tacoma he didn’t do anything stupid, so that’s encouraging.