Pat Shine, a former college baseball coach who has been on the Miami Marlins staff the past three seasons, will manage the Clinton LumberKings in 2017.
His hiring was among a number of minor-league coaching assignments announced Monday by the LumberKings’ parent club, the Seattle Mariners, including the promotion of 2016 Clinton manager Mitch Canham to the same position with high-A Modesto.
Shine, 42, has been with the Marlins since 2013, working as the team’s administrative coach and video-replay coordinator. His primary in-game duties included instant replay challenges. He also was the pitcher for home run derby champion Giancarlo Stanton at this year’s All-Star Game in San Diego.
The Midwest League assignment will be the first professional managerial role for Shine, who was the head coach for a 2007 Cal State-Los Angeles team which finished with a 45-17-1 record and reached the NCAA Division II College World Series. He also spent nine years as an assistant at Cal-Irvine, including six as the associate head coach, and two seasons as the assistant head coach at UCLA.
Doug Mathis, who pitched from 2008-10 for the Texas Rangers during an 11-year professional career that ended in 2015, has been named the LumberKings’ pitching coach.
Clinton’s hitting coach will be David Flores, a four-year minor-league infielder in the Houston Astros’ farm system who like Mathis will be working his first year in the Seattle farm system.
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James Lofton, whose resume includes spending part of the 2001 as a shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, will be the LumberKings’ field coach. Lyle Danley has been named Clinton’s trainer and Paul Howey will be the team’s performance coach.
Canham, who guided Clinton to a league-best 86-54 record and a berth in the Midwest League Championship Series last season, and LumberKings pitching coach Pete Woodworth were both promoted by the Mariners to their California League affiliate.