Mariners hire Laker as hitting coach
Tim Laker, most recently the Arizona Diamondbacks' assistant hitting coach, was hired Monday as the Seattle Mariners' hitting coach.
He replaces Mariners legend Edgar Martinez, who stepped down in October after 3 1/2 seasons on the job. Martinez remains with the organization as a "hitting adviser," helping at all levels of the minor leagues as well as with the major league club.
Laker, who will turn 49 on Tuesday, never held a major league coaching position before joining the Diamondbacks' staff in 2017. He has served as a minor league manager in the farm systems of the Cleveland Indians, the Mariners and the Chicago White Sox.
"Tim brings a great combination of both swing mechanics and offensive approach that I believe our hitters will connect with," manager Scott Servais said in a statement released by the team.
Laker had an 11-season major league career as a catcher. Selected by the Expos in the sixth round of the 1988 draft, he spent parts of the 1992, '93 and '95 seasons in Montreal. He subsequently played for the Baltimore Orioles (1997), the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998, 2005), the Pittsburgh Pirates (1998-99) and the Indians (2001, '03-'04, '06).
In 281 games overall, he batted .226 with a .276 on-base percentage, a .326 slugging percentage, 11 homers and 79 RBIs.
A native of Encino, Calif., Laker attended Simi Valley High School and Oxnard College, both in Southern California.
Laker is the last hire for Servais' big-league staff that also includes bench coach Manny Acta, pitching coach Paul Davis, third base coach Chris Prieto, first base/infield coach Perry Hill, bullpen coach Jim Brower and major league field coordinator Jared Sandberg. Acta is entering his second season on the job, while all of the other coaches are new to their positions, though Prieto has been on the Mariners' staff for the past five years.
"As we look to leverage every competitive advantage, I believe we have put together a staff that has a broad range of experiences that our players will connect with," Servais said in a statement.
--Field Level Media
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