Seattle Mariners: Getting To Know Bullpen Coach Jim Brower
One of the unsung hero’s is the bullpen coach and we will look now at Mariners coach Jim Brower. He is now in his second season with the Mariners but his first as the bullpen coach.
The only time you may hear his name is on the television or radio broadcast. His function during the game is to get the relief pitchers ready to come into the game, however, with the Mariners Jim Brower works with the relief pitchers during practice too. Though the pitching coach Paul Davis has the responsibility of all the pitchers on the pitching staff.
Jim Brower pitched nine years in the major leagues from 1999 thru 2008. His best years were with the San Francisco Giants between 2003 and 2005. Brower’s best season was 2004 with the Giants where he pitched in 89 games primarily as a setup man. He had a record of 7-7 with an ERA of 3.29. After 2005, he spent most of his career in the minor leagues though he did make his last appearances in 2007 with the New York Yankees.
In 2008 he spent the entire year in AAA with three different organizations. He finished 2008 playing in Japan. In 2009 he pitched 18 games in independent leagues than finished off his career in 2010 pitching in Italy.
The following year 2011, Jim Brower began his coaching career. His first two years he was the pitching coach at single-A Kane County for the Kansas City Royals. Brower then went to double-A Arkansas then the affiliate of the Royals (now the Mariners farm team) for three seasons.
Jim Brower went to the Chicago Cubs organization in 2016 and 17 as their minor league pitching coordinator before coming to Seattle in 2018. We hope his experience playing in the major leagues well as coaching will rub-off on the relievers. Not an easy task since the Mariners have had a lot of turnover in the bullpen this year. Go M’s.