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UPDATE: M's fire hitting coach Alan Cockrell

May 9, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

Mariners logo.gifUPDATE:  John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse gathered quotes from veterans Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney on the firing.  Here’s Griffey:

Let’s not go there. I have no comment.”

And Sweeney:

“It’s brutal. There are a lot of guys in here who deserve to get fired before him.”

Sounds like the Mariners, or at least those two vets, are a little embarrassed about the way they’ve struggled this year, and how those struggles have now cost Cockrell his job.

2:35pm: The Mariners cut ties with hitting coach Alan Cockrell on Sunday morning, according to Jim Street of

The M’s have an American League-worst 617 OPS through 30 games this season and have scored fewer runs than 28 of baseball’s 30 teams.  Oh, and they’ve also lost eight straight games.  Most of that has nothing do with Cockrell, but someone had to be the scapegoat.

Cockrell started his major league coaching career with the Rockies in 2002 as a special instructor and was hired as their full-time hitting coach in November of 2006.  He was named Seattle’s hitting coach in the winter of 2008, but now that’s all over.  Alonzo Powell will be promoted from Triple-A to take over the post for the time being.  We’ll see if he’s any better at willing hits out of millionaire baseball players.

  1. scatterbrian - May 9, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Ahhh, so that was the problem.

    At least they have a couple of in-house replacements….on their roster.

  2. Bobby Townsend - May 9, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    This team spent alot of $$$$ in the off-season on free agents and acquiring overpaid, underachieving Milton Bradley and are paying Cliff Lee a huge sum of $$$ but Lee is not an underachiever. They are 0-8 on their current home stand which has one game left. YIKES!!! And from watching on TV, the fans seem to be staying away. But remember how this slide started when they did not execute the squeeze in the 11th inning in the first game of the homestand against Texas when Ichiro was caught stealing home in which would have been the winning run.

  3. jwb - May 9, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    And I thought the problem was Eric Byrnes!

  4. IdahoMariner - May 9, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    weird. they won 8-1 today — apparently THESE baseball players are motivated by fear.

  5. Joey B - May 10, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    They figured to be last in scoring thise year. I think Jack Z has done a good overall job, but he had to see that he had a chance of not having an .800 OPS hitter.

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