Monday, October 3, 2005
Mariners' hitting, pitching coaches resign
SEATTLE -- Hitting coach Don Baylor and pitching coach Bryan
Price have decided to leave the Seattle Mariners.
"I am sorry that Bryan and Don have decided to resign their
spots, but I wish them nothing but the best in their future,"
manager Mike Hargrove said Monday.
The 56-year-old Baylor, former manager of the Colorado Rockies
and the Chicago Cubs, spent one season as Hargrove's hitting coach.
Price spent the past six seasons as the Mariners' pitching coach
under managers Lou Piniella, Bob Melvin and Hargrove. Price, 43,
worked 18 seasons in the Seattle organization.
The Mariners were last in the AL West at 69-93 in their first
year under Hargrove, an improvement of six wins from 2004.
Despite the free-agent additions of Adrian Beltre and Richie
Sexson, the Mariners hit an AL-low .256 with 130 homers and 699
"I have decided not to return as hitting coach so that I will
be able to pursue other opportunities," said Baylor, who managed
the Rockies from 1993-1998 and the Cubs from 2000-2002.
Seattle's starting pitchers had a 50-64 record and a 4.91 ERA,
but the team's bullpen was a surprise with a 19-29 record and a
3.60 ERA. Under Price, Mariners pitchers ranked among the major
league leaders in four of six seasons.
"I have enjoyed my time here but, after 18 years, I think it is
time for me to go somewhere else," Price said. "For me to keep
growing as a coach, I need to get out of my comfort zone and this
is a way to do that."
Third base coach Carlos Garcia, interim first base coach Mike
Goff, bench coach Ron Hassey and bullpen coach Jim Slaton have been
invited to return to Hargrove's coaching staff next season. The
team said Jeff Newman, who started the season as third base coach
before an Achilles injury, won't return.