"Obviously, a lot of these guys have been with him," manager Eric Wedge said. "Last year we brought up [pitching coach] Dwight [Bernard], this year we're bringing up Pentland. Just because a lot of these guys have been down there with him.
"One, you have more guys here, so it's just more bodies to work with. But two, you got a good opportunity -- even though Chris and Jeff talk periodically throughout the course of the year -- to have an opportunity to spend all day together, quality time together and have conversations, as I'm sure they're having right now or on the plane or on the bus. I think it's just better for us."
Current players on the Mariners roster that spent time at both the Triple-A and Major League level this season include Casper Wells, Alex Liddi, Carlos Peguero and Trayvon Robinson. Carlos Triunfel and Luis Jimenez spent all season with Tacoma, while a few other Major Leaguers have been on rehab assignments in Triple-A.