The Seattle Mariners introduced their new skipper, Scott Servais, on Monday along with other additions to the staff. Tim Bogar, who was thought of as a candidate for the head job, is going to be the M’s bench coach. Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. was named as the new pitching coach replacing Rick Waits. Waits was asked to remain in the organization in another role.
So who are Bogar and Stottlemyre?
Tim Bogar had a nine-year big league career with the New York Mets, Houston Astros and most recently the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001. He managed four minor league teams including the Greeneville Astros and Lexington Legends in the Astros system. After moving to the Cleveland Indians and managing the Akron Aeros for two years, Bogar made the jump to the Tampa Bay Rays staff as a coaching assistant. After a few years in the Boston Red Sox third base coaching box, he accepted a job as Double-A, Arkansas Travelers, manager in the Los Angeles Angels organization.
In October of 2013, Bogar was hired to be Ron Washington‘s bench coach for the Texas Rangers. After Washington resigned at the end of 2014, he was named interim manager. After leading the Rangers to a 14-8 record to finish the season, the Eastern Illinois University alum was named special assistant to the GM in Anaheim. The Angels GM at the time? Jerry Dipoto. After Dipoto resigned, Bogar remained on staff to finish out the 2015 season. Servais, Dipoto and Bogar all know each other well and should work hand in hand.
Mel Stottlemyre, Jr., son of former New York Yankees All-Star Mel Stottlemyre, Sr., had a brief one year major league career for the Kansas City Royals. After a few minor league pitching coach stops, he was hired as the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach in 2009. After the 2010 season, he was relieved of his major league pitching coach duties, and was reassigned to be the roving minor league pitching instructor. In 2013, Stottlemyre returned to the majors as the Diamondbacks bullpen coach where he remained before accepting the Mariners pitching coaching job.