Trent Jewett, who spent the past three seasons with the Washington Nationals, was named as bench coach for new Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon Monday. Jewett, 49, served as Washington’s third base coach in 2013 and worked as its first base coach before that.
“We are very excited to add an excellent baseball man like Trent to our staff,” said GM Jack Zduriencik. “Trent’s extensive background as a minor league manager, instructor, major league coach and his 27 years of baseball experience make him a well-rounded fit for this position. We are looking forward to Trent’s contributions.”
A Dallas native, Jewett before joining the Nats spent his entire career as a player, coach and minor league manager in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He served as Pittsburgh’s third base coach from midway through the 2000 season through the 2002 campaign, including the 2001-2002 seasons with McClendon as manager.
“I am looking forward to getting the chance to work with Trent again,” said McClendon. “We go back a ways. We have a very trusting relationship.”
During his 17 seasons as a minor league manager, Jewett compiled a 1,178-1,165 record for a .503 winning percentage. He managed 12 of his 17 seasons at the Triple-A level, and in 2007 was selected by Baseball America as the International League’s best manager prospect.