Perlozzo returns to Seattle as third base coach

Updated: November 6, 2007, 2:59 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Sam Perlozzo returned to the Seattle Mariners as third base coach Tuesday, completing manager John McLaren's revamped staff.

Perlozzo, fired as manager of the Baltimore Orioles in June, joins new pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, bench coach Jim Riggleman, bullpen coach Norm Charlton and first base coach Eddie Rodriguez for McLaren's first spring training as a major-league manager in February.

Hitting coach Jeff Pentland will be the only coach returning from 2007, Seattle's sixth consecutive season without a postseason appearance.

"The staff Mac has assembled is one of the best in baseball." general manager Bill Bavasi said. "They are all winners with a terrific work ethic and the experience necessary to help our club take the next step."

The Mariners originally wanted former major-league manager Larry Bowa, the Yankees' third base coach last season. But after weeks of delaying his decision because of a private family matter, Bowa accepted an offer to be reunited with former New York manager Joe Torre as a coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 56-year-old Perlozzo, who will also instruct Mariners infielders, is best known in Seattle for waving home Ken Griffey Jr. from first base on a double by Edgar Martinez that won Game 5 of the 1995 division series against the Yankees, the Mariners' first playoff-series win.

"There's a comfort level for me in Seattle," Perlozzo said. "It's always best to go someplace where you're wanted, and Seattle made it obvious that they wanted me."

Perlozzo, who has 19 years of experience as a major-league coach, was 122-164 in Baltimore from Aug. 4, 2005, until the Orioles fired him June 18.

"This was the first summer off I've had in 37 years. It hurt," Perlozzo said. "I believed in myself, and I believed that we were going in the right direction."

Perlozzo began his major-league coaching career in 1987 as third base coach for the New York Mets, after a 12-game career in the majors.

"With Sam joining our staff I think we really have a terrific group," McLaren said. "I believe he can have a key impact on our club from the third base position and in working with our young infielders."

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