Mariners hire Howell as Minors field coordinator

Mariners hire Howell as Minors field coordinator

Mariners hire Howell as Minors field coordinator
SEATTLE -- Former Major League third baseman Jack Howell has been hired by the Mariners as their new Minor League field coordinator, the club announced Tuesday.

Howell, 50, will be responsible for overseeing all the on-field instruction in the Mariners' player development system.

He replaces Andy Stankiewicz, who held the position for a year and a half before leaving midway through last season to take a head coaching position at Grand Canyon University.

Howell, who played 11 seasons in the Majors for the Angels, Padres and Astros from 1985-99, was the Minor League hitting coordinator for the Marlins last season. He previously spent nine years in the D-backs organization, including the 2009-10 seasons as their Major League hitting coach.

"Jack brings a lot of knowledge and experience to our player development staff," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "He's been a Major League coach and a Major League player; he's managed in the Minors, and he has served as a Minor League hitting coordinator, among other roles in the game."

Howell was the Minor League field coordinator for the D-backs from 2005-08, and also worked in the Arizona player development system as hitting coordinator (2004), Triple-A hitting coach (2003) and Minor League manager (2002).

The Tucson, Ariz., native hit .239 with 108 home runs and 337 RBIs in 941 Major League games and also spent four seasons with the Yakult Swallows in the Japanese Professional Baseball League, where he won the batting title and home run crown in an MVP season in 1992.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.