Mariners Interview: Author Michael Emmerich

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Jun 21, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; New Seattle Mariners hitting coach Edgar Martinez smiles as he stands at the rail during a game aHouston Astros at Safeco Field. The Astros won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

BH: The M’s recently hired Edgar Martinez to be their new hitting coach. I really enjoyed reading about Edgar’s career and life in your book. What is your opinion of the move?

ME: I’m just not a big believer in how much difference managers or coaches can make. I doubt Edgar can fix Cano, for instance. On the flip side, the status quo wasn’t working at all. You owe it to your customers, the fans, to do something. Edgar is a nice warm and fuzzy place to start. And maybe it will actually work, although when the Royals hired legend George Brett as hitting coach in 2013 he was unable to get through to many of the young KC hitters.

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