2013 Field Staff
QUICK FACTS ON THE RAINIERS MANAGER:
Name: Daren Brown
Born: June 13, 1967
Birthplace: Holdenville, OK
Resides: Amarillo, TX
Mariners Organization: 13th Year
Triple-A Level: 7th Year
IN TACOMA (2007 - Current):
Brown has compiled a 416-419 (.498) record over his first six seasons as the Rainiers skipper. He became the winningest manager in the franchise's history following Tacoma's 4-1 victory over the Tucson Padres on May 28, 2012. The win was Brown's 376th leading the Rainiers.
The Holdenville, OK native guided Tacoma to a 61-54 record and first place in the Pacific Northern Division during the Rainiers run to the PCL Championship in 2010. He was later named the interim manager at Seattle and finished his 2010 campaign in the Major Leagues with the Mariners. Brown was selected to manage the PCL All-Stars in the Triple-A All-Star Game held in Allentown, PA earlier that season.
Brown's first trip to the postseason as the Rainiers skipper came when he led a Tacoma squad that overcame a 7.5-game deficit and captured the PCL Pacific Northern Division crown in 2009.
Prior to joining the Rainiers in 2007, Brown spent two seasons managing at High A Inland Empire (2004-05) before taking over as the manager at Double-A San Antonio in 2006. He later led Single-A Wisconsin to the playoffs in his only season with the Timber Rattlers in 2003.
Brown managed High A San Bernardino over the 2001-02 seasons, guiding the Stampede to a playoff berth in his first season. He began his managerial career with the independent league Amarillo (TX) Dillas, compiling a 203-77 (.725) record over three seasons (1998-2000) leading the field staff. Brown guided the team to the Texas-Louisiana League Championship in 1999. He served as the Dillas pitching coach from 1994-97.
Brown put together a 90-49 mark over a 10-year career as a professional pitcher. He went 60-24 as a starter with Amarillo from 1994-98, and was selected a Texas-Louisiana League All-Star from 1995-98. He earned the league's Most Valuable Pitcher honors in 1995, 1997 and 1998. Brown spent five seasons pitching in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system from 1989-93, spending his final two seasons with Double-A Knoxville.
QUICK FACTS ON THE RAINIERS HITTING COACH:
Name: Howard Johnson
Born: November 29, 1960
Mariners organization: 1st Year
Triple-A level: 3rd Year
Johnson served 11 seasons as a coach in the New York Mets organization, highlighted by three seasons as the club's Major League hitting coach (2008-10) and one season as the club's MLB first base coach (2--7).
At the Minor League level, Johnson logged stints as a hitting coach with Short-Season Brooklyn(2001), Single-A St. Lucie (2003), Double-A Binghamton (2004) and Triple-A Norfolk (2005-06). His managerial career consists of one season leading Brooklyn's field staff in 2002.
Johnson played 14 seasons at the Major League level, posting a .249 average with 247 doubles, 228 home runs, 760 RBI and 231 stolen bases over 1,531 career games with the Tigers, Mets, Rockies and Cubs.
QUICK FACTS ON THE RAINIERS PITCHING COACH:
Name: Dwight Bernard
Born: May 31, 1952
Resides: Belle Rive, IL
Mariners organization: 9th Year
Triple-A level: 6th Year
IN TACOMA (2006 - 2009, 2011-Current):
Served as the pitching coach for the 2009 Pacific Northern Division-winning Rainiers squad.
Prior to re-joining the Rainiers, Bernard spent the 2010 season as the pitching coach for Single-A Clinton after four seasons with the Rainiers (2006-09). He previously served as the pitching coach with Double-A San Antonio (2005) and Inland Empire (2004) in his first season in the Mariners organization. He was previously the Minor League Pitching Coordinator (2003) and a pitching coach (1998-2002) in the Brewers organization. Bernard was the Minor League Pitching Coordinator for Minnesota (1990-96) after coaching in the Twins organization (1987-89). He began his coaching career with the Pittsburgh organization in 1986.
Bernard spent time as a pitcher in the the minor leagues with with New York (NL) (1974-79), Milwaukee (1980-82), Houston (1983-84) and Baltimore (1985). He had big league stints with the Mets (1978) and the Brewers (1981-82), appearing in the postseason in both his years with Milwaukee. Bernard was selected by New York (NL) in the 2nd round of the 1974 draft.