Mariners name Trent Jewett Major League Bench Coach

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, right,, reacts after grounding out as first base coach Trent Jewett (44) looks in during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at a baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, on Thursday, June 7, 2012. The Mets won 3-1. Photo: Associated Press/(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Mariners name Trent Jewett Major League Bench Coach

SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik and Manager Lloyd McClendon announced today that the club has hired Trent Jewett as Bench Coach.

Jewett, 49, has spent the last three seasons on the Washington Nationals coaching staff. He was the Nationals third base coach in 2013 and prior to that spent one-and-a-half seasons as the first base coach. Jewett was a Major League coach for the Nationals prior to moving into the first base coaches box on July 1, 2011.

The native of Dallas, Texas will be entering his 27th season in professional baseball, and his seventh season as an MLB coach. Prior to joining the Nationals organization in 2009, Jewett 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 the Pirates manager.

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.”

Jewett spent four seasons as a catcher in the Pirates minor league system after signing with the organization in 1987 out of the University of North Texas.