Mariners add Lee Elia, Duane Shaffer as special assistants

Updated: November 1, 2007, 5:35 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners have added former major league manager and longtime coach Lee Elia as an on-field consultant and veteran scout Duane Shaffer as a special executive assistant.

Elia, 70, will reprise his previous role with the Mariners in 2001 and '02 when he joins the team for approximately half of spring training. Periodically throughout the season he will assist manager John McLaren and the coaching staff while in uniform. He was Seattle's hitting coach from 1993-97.

The former manager of the Chicago Cubs (1982-83) and Philadelphia Phillies (1987-88) spent last season as a scout with Tampa Bay. Before that, he was the bench coach of the Baltimore Orioles in '06, and the Devil Rays' hitting coach from 2003-05. He has also coached in the majors with Toronto, the Yankees and Philadelphia.

In all, he has 23 years of big league experience as a manager, third base, bench and hitting coach. Elia also worked as a special assignment scout with Philadelphia in 1998 and 1999.

"Lee has nearly 50 years in professional baseball, and it's impossible to think of a situation he hasn't been through," McLaren said. "Having a person of his knowledge and experience to use as a sounding board and to offer advice, and constructive criticism, to me and my coaches can only help us to do a better job. I've had the opportunity to work with him both in Seattle and Tampa Bay, and know first hand what a keen baseball mind he has."

Shaffer's primary responsibility will be professional and amateur scouting. He will also assist general manager Bill Bavasi on special assignment work.

Shaffer was the senior director of amateur scouting for the Chicago White Sox in 2007, prior to leaving the club in June of this year after 35 years in the organization. He has also spent three seasons in the AL West working as scout with Oakland in 1988 and with Anaheim from 1989-90.

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