As he approaches his managerial debut, Tim Federowicz says he will not be a voice of power over the players, but rather a resource for them.
In an interview with The News Tribune last month, Triple-A Tacoma’s new manager said he knew months before retiring from a playing career that he would pursue another role in the game. , the Rainiers called.
After conversations with the coaching staff and a week of interviews, the Seattle organization was the first to offer Federowicz a gig as a Triple-A manager.
“I certainly didn’t expect it to be as high as Triple-A, but I think (it’s) a perfect fit,” Federowicz said in December. “Just because it’s the same league I’ve been in for the past 11 years. The organization is a good fit for me, and (I’m a good fit) for them. I’m really excited.”
On Monday, Seattle announced the rest of Triple-A Tacoma’s coaching staff in a press release.
Brad Marcelino joins the Rainiers as batting coach. After five years with the Mariners organization, Alon Leichman takes over as Tacoma’s pitching coach. Zach Vincej, who played 109 games for the Rainiers in 2018, joins the staff as the fourth coach.
Michael Feliciano, ATC will be Tacoma’s athletic trainer. Michael Sadler becomes Tacoma’s strength and conditioning coach after one season with Double-A Arkansas in 2021.
Federowicz played eight major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2011-14), Chicago Cubs (2016), San Francisco Giants (2017) and Houston Astros (2018). In 878 career minor league games, including 26 against the Rainiers, Federowicz batted .286 with 100 home runs and 504 RBIs.
Tacoma’s new manager called it a playing career after winning a silver medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
“I am thrilled to join the Seattle Mariners organization as manager of the Tacoma Rainiers,” Federowicz said in the statement. “I look forward to leading and further developing our players at the Triple-A level, and working with Brad, Alon, Zach and the rest of our staff.”
Federowicz takes over after the promotion of former Tacoma coach Kristopher Negron, who will serve as Seattle’s first baseman coach in 2022.
Marcelino joins the Seattle organization after working as a private hitting instructor in San Diego since 2018. For seven years prior, he was a hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of San Diego.
Leichman earned a promotion on the Tacoma staff after two years as a pitching coach for Double-A Arkansas (2020-21). He joined the Seattle organization in 2017 as the Organizational Learning Coordinator, and in 2018 served as pitching coach for the Dominican Summer League Mariners.
Leichman was the pitching coach for A-West Virginia in 2019 before being promoted to Double-A Arkansas in 2020.
Monday’s announcement places former Rainier Vincej on Tacoma’s coaching staff. He appeared in 10 major league games and one with the Mariners in 2018. Selected in the 37th round of the 2012 MLB Freshman Draft by Cincinnati, Vincej hit .268 with 30 homers and 297 RBI in 788 games in the minor league and won a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award at shortstop in 2016.
Feliciano, ATC is entering his first season as Tacoma’s athletic coach, following four seasons with the Seattle organization. Sadler, who was the strength and conditioning coach for Double-A Arkansas last season, received a promotion for the same role at Tacoma.
The Rainiers won the West Division of Triple-A West after going 73-47 in 2021. Their title defense begins April 5 with a six-game homestand against Triple-A Salt Lake.
This story was originally published January 31, 2022 12:44 p.m.