Seattle Mariners Shaking Up Coaching Staff Following Disappointing Season

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Friday, October 6th, 2017
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Seattle’s last postseason appearance came all the way back in 2001, in which they achieved a series win in the ALDS for the second consecutive year, but then lost in the ALCS – also for the second consecutive year. The 2017 season was littered with issues for the Mariners, particularly with the injury list piling up. So the organization has decided to make some staffing changes as the offseason hits. 

Tim Bogar and Casey Candaele let go 

The on-field coaching staff has been given a shake-up to kick off Seattle’s offseason, with first-base coach Casey Candaele and bench coach Tim Bogar being relieved of their services. Staying with the Mariners, other members of staff have seen their roles switch. 

Nasusel Cabrera, who was the team’s batting practice pitcher but ended the season as the interim bullpen coach, will have a new job within the organization. Manny Acta, formerly the third-base coach, will be taking the bench coach job; the new first-base coach shall be former special-projects coach Chris Prieto, and Scott Brosius shall take Acta’s former role as third-base coach. 

As it stands, new members of staff will be signed to fill the role of the bullpen coach as well as a special-projects coach. 

Unfortunate season all around 

For a start, just look at the state of the AL West; the Houston Astros crushed it. At the start of the season, they were one of the favorites to win it all, and they’re still great for the use of the best free bet to win the World Series. 13 wins behind, the Seattle Mariners didn’t really stand a chance once the injuries started to pile up. 

After the coaching shuffle, it’s a wonder why the fitness or strength and conditioning coaches weren’t given the boot. Over the course of the season, a ridiculous list of top players getting injured and being designated as day-to-day to 60-day DL listing grew. Matters were made worse for many fans when it was revealed that Guillermo Heredia had been playing through a serious shoulder injury – needing it to be put back in place four times – according to general manager Jerry Dipoto. 

This was one of the many revelations of Dipoto and manager Scott Servais when they met with the media to end the 2017 season, as well as the need for better fundamentals. The huge number of serious injuries was cited as one of the causes for such a poor season, but the management was praised for finishing in the middle of the table despite such turbulence. 

Onwards and upwards for the Seattle Mariners now, maybe with fewer injuries next season and a few improvements throughout the team, they’ll be able to challenge the baseball gargantuans that are currently the Houston Astros.  

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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