Nats’ Jewett named M’s new bench coach

2013 Washington Nationals Photo DayLloyd McClendon’s first order of business as Mariners manager is putting together a coaching staff and well-regarded Trent Jewett of the Nationals was the first addition as the new bench coach.

Jewett, who coached third and first base for the Nats over the past three seasons, previously worked with McClendon in Pittsburgh. I spoke to him shortly after his hiring was made official on Monday and you can read that full story here on Mariners.com.

Jewett, 49, was McClendon’s third-base coach with the Pirates from 2001-02 and has managed 17 seasons in the Minor Leagues in the Pirates and Nationals’ systems with a career record of 1,178—1,166.

Jewett was in Seattle over the weekend to meet with McClendon, who was named as the Mariners new skipper last Tuesday.

Jewett interviewed for the Nationals managerial opening earlier this offseason after Davey Johnson’s departure, a job that ultimately went to D-backs third base coach Matt Williams. Jewett was expected to return as the third-base coach on Williams’ new staff, but the Nationals gave McClendon permission to interview him for Seattle’s bench-coach position.

Jewett managed for 15 years in the Pirates organization, including 11 as their Triple-A skipper at Calgary, Nashville and Indianapolis. He spent two years managing in the Nationals farm system, including his last year at Triple-A Syracuse in 2010 before joining their Major League coaching staff.

McClendon talked about the importance of his coaching staff and the need to “get it right” in this story I posted on Mariners.com on Friday, which also talks about some potential hitting coach candidates.

We should learn more on that front in the coming days as McClendon will move quickly to fill out his staff.

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