The Seattle Mariners announced that Scott Brosius has been promoted as an assistant coach for the 2017 season with the big league club. This move comes just a year after Brosius took over as the hitting coach for the team’s Triple-A affiliate.
Mariners have added 1998 WS MVP Scott Brosius to their major league coaching staff as Assistant Coach. Was SEA’s AAA Hitting Coach in 2016.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) October 20, 2016
In his role as the hitting coach for the Tacoma Rainiers, Brosius was instrumental in helping develop some of the organization’s top young talent. During the month of September, the 50-year-old got some experience coaching at the big league level, as the Mariners promoted him to assist hitting coach Edgar Martinez.
The Mariners offense ranked among the top 10 in the league in hits, runs scored, home runs, and slugging in 2016, and could very well be a offensive once again next season. Brosius’ experience will be a valuable asset to a team that has playoff aspirations for 2017.
Brosius is originally from the Pacific Northwest, as he was born in Hillsboro, Oregon. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics’ in the 20th round of the 1987 amateur draft, and climbed up the team’s farm system. Late in 1990, Brosius was called up to Tacoma, an affiliate of the A’s at the time, and spent the majority of the next three seasons there.
In 1994, Brosius was in the big leagues for good. After four very good seasons in Oakland, Brosius was traded to the Yankees in a deal that involved pitcher Kenny Rogers, a trade that ultimately gave Brosius a new home for the remainder of his Major League career.
Throughout his 11 big-league seasons, Brosius posted a .257 career batting average with 141 homers and 531 RBIs in 1,146 games. He was a vital part of three World Series Championship and four American League Championship teams with the Yankees, winning the Most Valuable Player Award during the 1998 Fall Classic.
When his playing career ended after the 2001 season, Brosius quickly pursued coaching opportunities. He returned to his alma mater, Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and spent the next 13 seasons coaching at the school.
From 2007-2014, Brosius was the team’s head coach, and had tremendous success. He posted a career 237-81 record, leading the Wildcats to the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship. The 50-year-old was also selected five times as the Northwest Conference coach of the year.
Brosius was the only addition to the Mariners’ coaching staff for the 2017 season. The team announced that the entire 2016 coaching staff would be returning for next season. The Mariners hope that the former World Series champion could play a role in helping the organization bring home their first title in franchise history.