CLINTON—The Clinton LumberKings will see their fourth manager since the beginning of the 2017 season when games begin in April as Denny Hocking takes the reins.
The announcement came in an official release from the Seattle Mariners organization, naming coaching staffs for their minor league affiliates.
Denny Hocking enters his second season in the Mariners minor league organization, but his first at the helm of Seattle’s affiliate in the Midwest League, the Clinton LumberKings. The 13-year Major League veteran compiled a .251 (591x2358) career average with 25 home runs and 226 RBI in 954 games with Minnesota (1993-2003), Colorado (2004) and Kansas City (2005).
After retiring following the 2005 season he reentered the game as a coach in 2010. Prior to joining the Mariners last season as a hitting coach in Tacoma, he spent four seasons as a coach in the Angels organization.
His staff includes returning pitching coach Doug Mathis and hitting coach Jose Umbria, who spent the 2017 season as a hitting coach with the Arizona League Mariners.