I have not had two minutes to rub together this week, so even though the Mariners have been making moves, I haven’t had much time to research, read about, or write about them. So here’s some news from our baby Mariners up north, as they have decided their coaching staff for the 2017 season.
EVERETT, Wash. -The Everett AquaSox have announced the return of Rob Mummau as manager of the team for 2016. Hitting Coach Brian Hunter will be back for his second season, while former minor league pitcher Moises Hernandez will serve as pitching coach. Head Athletic Trainer Shane Zdebiak rounds out the staff.
In three seasons at the helm in Everett (2012-13, 2015) Rob Mummau piloted the club to a record of 132-86, including two first half division championships, two second half division championships and three playoff appearances. Mummau is a two-time Northwest League Manager of the Year, being recognized in 2013 and 2015. Since 2001, Rob has been a member of the Mariners scouting staff, and is currently responsible for northern Florida.
“We are very excited to have Rob Mummau and his staff back in Everett for the 2016,” stated AquaSox General Manager Danny Tetzlaff. “I have worked with many managers over the years and I can say that Rob is absolutely a class act. It has been a pleasure to work with him – he is one of the best!”
Moises Hernandez will begin his coaching career with the AquaSox in 2016. As a right-handed pitcher, he spent 11 seasons in the minor leagues in the Baltimore (2003-05), Atlanta (2006-09) and Seattle (2011-15) organizations, finishing his career with Double-A Jackson earlier this year. In 272 career minor league games (76 starts) he compiled a record of 37-47 and a 5.05 ERA. Hernandez is the older brother of former AquaSox and current Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Former major league outfielder Brian Hunter returns for his second season as the AquaSox hitting coach. Under Hunter’s tutelage, the AquaSox scored a league high 392 runs (5.2 per game) in 2015. Hunter was in the majors for 10 seasons with stops in Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Colorado, Cincinnati and Philadelphia. He led the American League in stolen bases twice (1997, 1999) and compiled a lifetime batting average of .264.
Head Athletic Trainer Shane Zdediak is back for his third season in the Northwest League. Zdebiak graduated from University of Manitoba in 2009 with a B.A. in Kinesiology and was certified through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification.
The 2016 Northwest League season is scheduled to begin June 17.