Whereas baseball remains to be being performed, the Mariners are virtually two weeks into their offseason and shifting nearer to the October 31 deadline when the 2020 contracts for on-field and entrance workplace staff expire or are renewed.
In late July, the Mariners knowledgeable greater than 25 scouts and members of their participant growth employees that these contracts wouldn’t be renewed for 2021, ending their employment with the group.
That job and employees turnover continued this week as a number of Main League Baseball sources confirmed that Brian DeLunas, the Mariners bullpen coach, Roger Hansen, a longtime Mariners worker and present particular assistant to the GM and athletic trainers Rick Griffin, Rob Nodine and Matt Toth have been knowledgeable that their contracts wouldn’t be renewed for the 2021.
DeLunas was employed by basic supervisor Jerry Dipoto to function the bullpen coach in 2018 regardless of having no prior teaching expertise with MLB group and was operating a personal observe facility in St. Louis. After the 2018 season, DeLunas was transitioned to a task because the director of pitching growth and methods in 2019, working with pitchers in any respect ranges within the group. The Mariners brough him again to be the bullpen coach in 2020, however because of prior and critical well being points, DeLunas was one in every of three coaches on Seattle’s MLB employees, who was compelled to do his job remotely with Trent Clean filling in for him on the sphere. Dipoto and supervisor Scott Servais have raved about Clean, who will probably be DeLunas’ alternative.
Hansen was named particular assistant to the GM September of 2011 after working for the Mariners in some capability – principally participant growth – since 2002. He served as Mariners catching coordinator from 2003-2011.
Hansen spent 9 seasons (2003-2011) because the Mariners Catching Coordinator, overseeing catching all through the Seattle minor league system.
Griffin was transitioned to the position of Athletic Coach Emeritus earlier than the 2018 season when Dipoto employed Lorena Martin to function director of efficiency.
Previous to that, he had served 35 seasons because the Mariners’ head athletic coach. One of many lasting recollections of his tenure is Griffin serving to Ken Griffey Jr. off the sphere and cradling his damaged wrist after an unbelievable catch within the Kingdome. Griffin labored greater than 5,500 video games in his profession, together with 34 postseason video games.
The 2020 season was Nodine’s 14th on the MLB degree and third as Senior Athletic Coach. He labored 11 seasons alongside Griffin as an assistant athletic coach. He additionally spent 14 years in Seattle’s minor league system, working his method up from the Class A degree.
Toth had labored 15 seasons within the group, together with the final 9 on the MLB degree the place his focus was on helping gamers who have been rehabilitating from accidents. Like Nodine, he labored his method up the Mariners’ system, beginning at Class A Excessive Desert in 2007. He additionally labored within the Brewers and Cubs group.
When the Mariners and Jerry Dipoto confirmed the discount of the scouting and participant growth employees, they cited the anticipated modifications to minor league baseball, the monetary points attributable to the pandemic and philosophical modifications inside the entrance workplace.
Nonetheless, the turnover to the training staff reflect a series of changes after Martin had her contract terminated just one year into her contract. She leveled charges of gender and racial discrimination at Dipoto, supervisor Scott Servais and director of participant growth Andy McKay. She filed a go well with towards the Mariners demanding her contract not be topic to binding arbitration.
The Mariners didn’t rent somebody substitute Martin’s position or deliver again Griffin for the 2019 season, as an alternative opting to go along with the employees in place. Seattle employed Kyle Torgerson earlier than the 2020 season to function head athletic coach.