After 13 years, Perlozzo to return as Mariners coach

November 07, 2007|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER

The next phase of Sam Perlozzo's baseball career will take him back to Seattle and the third base coaching box.

Perlozzo, fired as Orioles manager June 18, will coach third base for the Mariners as part of a revamped staff. He joins pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, bench coach Jim Riggleman, first base coach Eddie Rodriguez and bullpen coach Norm Charlton as the newest additions.

Mariners manager John McLaren reportedly offered the job to Larry Bowa - who instead followed former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre to the Los Angeles Dodgers - before turning to Perlozzo.

"With Sam joining our staff, I think we really have a terrific group," McLaren said in a statement released by the club yesterday. "I believe he can have a key impact on our club from the third base position and in working with our young infielders."

Perlozzo, 56, spent three years in the Mariners organization, the last in 1995, before the Orioles hired him to coach third base the next season. He became bench coach in 2001 and replaced Lee Mazzilli as manager Aug. 4, 2005.

"I fully expected to be back in the majors," he said. "It was a little slower process than I expected. Fortunately, it's with an organization that's familiar with me. It's nice to be wanted and in Seattle."

The Orioles fired Perlozzo during an eight-game losing streak that lowered his overall managerial record to 122-164, including 29-40 in 2007.

"There's a healing process," he said. "If it doesn't hurt, then you probably didn't have your heart in it. After a while, it got better each week. The next phase was looking for a job. I went from healing to rebuilding to searching for an opportunity.

"I'm young enough that I need to be working. I'm competitive. You want to be able to contribute."

Of Perlozzo's 19 seasons as a major league coach, 14 have been spent at third base. He held the same job with the Mariners, New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds.

Perlozzo also will work with the infielders, as he did in his previous stint with the Mariners and during his time as an Orioles coach.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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