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Mariners Name 2008 Coaching Staff

SEATTLE, Wash - The Seattle Mariners today announced that Jim Riggleman, Mel Stottlemyre, Norm Charlton and Eddie Rodriguez have been named to their 2008 coaching staff.

Riggleman will be the bench coach under manager John McLaren, Stottlemyre the pitching coach, Charlton the bullpen coach and Rodriguez the first base coach.

The 54-year-old Riggleman formerly managed the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres. He spent the past three seasons as the St. Louis Cardinals minor league field coordinator.

The 67-year-old Stottlemyre was the pitching coach for the New York Yankees under manager Joe Torre from 1996-2005. He's a native of Yakima who currently lives in Issaquah. The 44-year-old Charlton is entering his sixth season in the Mariners organization, his first at the major league level. He spent four seasons as a special assignment pitching coach and was also part of the Mariners scouting department in 2004.

The 48-year-old Rodriguez enters his second season in the Seattle organization after recently completing his first year as manager of the Mariners Double-A affiliate the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.

The Mariners have asked Larry Bowa to be the third-base coach, but he is tending to a personal matter and has yet to give them an answer. Bowa coached in Seattle in 2000 under manager Lou Piniella. Bowa has been given permission to take the job by his current employer, the New York Yankees.