FORMER MLB COACH RICH DONNELLY
Rich Donnelly spent 28 years as a big league coach with the Rangers, Pirates,
Marlins, Rockies, Brewers, Dodgers and he spent his last season
with the Mariners in 2014.
Richard Francis Donnelly (born August 3, 1946, at Steubenville, Ohio) is an American professional baseball coach. On March 7, 2014, he was named third-base coach of the Seattle Mariners, replacing John Stearns. He served in the post for two seasons, through 2015, before his release on October 9, 2015. Donnelly was a Major League Baseball (MLB) coach for over 25 years, and was a catcher during his active career in minor league baseball.
Donnelly had been slated to spend 2014 as manager of the Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League, the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate. However, Stearns underwent hiatal hernia surgery prior to spring training on February 24, and his slower-than-expected recovery caused him to step down to a professional scouting post with the Mariners. Donnelly was then named to take his place on the staff of manager Lloyd McClendon, whose playing tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1990–1994) coincided with Donnelly's service on Jim Leyland's coaching staff.
Prior to joining the Mariners' organization in 2014, Donnelly spent three seasons (2011–2013) as manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York–Penn League, Short Season-A farm club of the New York Mets.
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