A truly terrible 48 hours for Mariners fandom now includes some run-of-the-mill disappointing news. 3B/baserunning and assistant hitting coach Scott Brosius has chosen not to return for the 2019 season. Brosius had an offer on the table according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, but chose not to take it.
Third base coach Scott Brosius has decided not to return to the #Mariners coaching staff for the 2019 season. Sources confirmed that Brosius had an offer to return, but chose to leave the organization and made his decision a few weeks ago. https://t.co/mCqXqdS4Pj pic.twitter.com/etjqrMVun9— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) November 14, 2018
Brosius came to the Mariners during Jerry Dipoto’s first offseason with the organization, in December of 2015. He took over as the hitting coach for the AAA-Rainiers and was credited greatly with the positive strides taken by now-departed C Mike Zunino. After 2016, Brosius was called up to 1B coach as an assistant coach for the Mariners, then moved to 3B coach in 2018. He also took over baserunning coaching duties in 2018, and seemingly maintained a consistent degree of respect in the clubhouse and organization.
Brosius could be departing for any number of reasons - family, better offer elsewhere, disenchantment with travel or the organization, etc. - but there’s little reason to think the looming scandal surrounding the Mariners and their alleged racist/sexist treatment of Dr. Lorena Martin is related. The scandal, and Dr. Martin’s termination, was not common knowledge, and Brosius’ decision had been made a few weeks prior to yesterday’s meltdown.
Because of that time gap, it seems likelier now that the Mariners have already hired their replacement for Brosius. Long-time Marlins infield coach Perry Hill updated his Twitter bio recently to “Mariners Infield Coach”, and Dee Gordon excitedly posted on Instagram a photo of himself and Hill heralding a “reunion”. Manny Acta, it should be noted, was in charge of infielders and positioning in 2018, so at the very least that seems to signify a change of roles, but until something official emerges it’s unknown what role Hill will play.
Moreover, Greg Johns has confidence the Mariners are close to hiring a new hitting coach, as well as hinting at a new 3B coach (which seems likely to be Hill’s role).
Have confirmed @RyanDivish's report that third-base coach Scott Brosius not returning next season. Mariners close to finalizing new hitting coach and now 3B coach.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) November 14, 2018
That the Mariners are hiring new personnel seems to indicate they’re intent on sticking with their position of total denial of wrongdoing in regards to Dr. Lorena Martin. That specter will loom over every move the team makes this offseason, and likely for years to come.