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Mariners add Candaele, Hampton to big-league staff

Left-handed pitcher Mike Hampton, shown in this 2009 photo while pitching for Houston, is the Mariners’ new bullpen coach.
Left-handed pitcher Mike Hampton, shown in this 2009 photo while pitching for Houston, is the Mariners’ new bullpen coach. AP

Add Casey Candaele and Mike Hampton to the Mariners’ coaching staff in the latest moves in the club’s busy off-season.

Candaele will be the first-base coach, and Hampton will be the bullpen coach under new manager Scott Servais.

While Candaele and Hampton each logged extended playing careers, neither has ever served as a major-league coach.

"Casey brings a great presence and high baseball IQ to our staff," Servais said. "He’ll be working with our outfielders and on base-running, both areas that he is uniquely prepared for given his experience over the past five years.

"Mike brings a tremendous amount of experience. His competitive nature will team well with (pitching coach) Mel Stottlemyre as they help guide our pitching staff through the season."

The two additions leave the Mariners with just one possible coaching vacancy — clubs are permitted, but not required, to have seven full-time coaches.

Hitting coach Edgar Martinez is the only holdover from the staff of former manager Lloyd McClendon. The Mariners previously hired Stottlemyre, Tim Bogar as bench coach and Manny Acta as third-base coach.

Hampton, 43, was the Mariners’ sixth-round pick in the 1990 draft and pitched 16 seasons in the big leagues for six teams before retiring in 2010 with a 148-115 record and a 4.06 ERA in 419 games.

He is also the latest addition to the organization who logged time with the Los Angeles Angels under general manager Jerry Dipoto, who spent three-plus years with that club before joining the Mariners on Sept. 28.

Hampton spent 2013 and 2014 as a pitching coach in the Angels’ minor-league system.

Candaele, 54, spent last season the field coordinator in the Texas minor-league system after serving the four previous years as organization’s minor-league infield and base-running coordinator.

New Mariners first-base coach Casey Candaele was the middleman in this 1991 triple play.

The Mariners turned to Candaele after former first-base coach Chris Woodward opted not to return for next season. Woodward cited a desire to be closer to his family in Florida.

Candaele played nine big-league seasons for three clubs before retiring in 1997. While primarily a second baseman, he spent time at every position except catcher and pitcher.

In 754 career games, Candaele compiled a .250/.308/.332 slash (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) in 2,132 plate appearances.


Former Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is heading back to the Detroit organization as the manager at Triple-A Toledo.

McClendon was 163-161 in two years as the Mariners’ manager before getting fired Oct. 9 by new general manager Jerry Dipoto as part of an organizational housecleaning.

Prior to joining the Mariners, McClendon spent eight seasons as a major-league coach at Detroit under former manager Jim Leyland.

McClendon had one-year left on his contract, at $1.1 million, when fired by the Mariners.