The Nationals have given the Seattle Mariners permission to interview third base coach Trent Jewett for their vacant bench coach position, according to a Fox Sports report. Last week, the Mariners filled their managerial opening with former Detroit Tigers batting coach Lloyd McClendon, who has worked with Jewett in the past.
McClendon was the Pittsburgh Pirates’ manager from 2001 to 2005, and Jewett was the third base coach from midway through the 2000 season through the end of the 2002 season. A message left for Jewett on Sunday evening wasn’t immediately returned. Jewett, who was considered a potential successor to Davey Johnson, interviewed for the Nationals’ managerial position last month.
The Nationals hired Matt Williams instead and he decided to keep the coaching staff nearly intact, swapping Jim Lett with Matt LeCroy as the bullpen coach and adding Mark Weidemaier as a seventh coach focused on defense. Jewett was expected to return as the third base coach.
Jewett, 49, has been in the Nationals organization since 2009 after a career spent with the Pirates as a minor league catcher, minor league manager and big league coach. Before he was hired by the Nationals, Baseball America named Jewett one of the most promising big league managing prospects in the minors.
Jewett managed Class A Potomac in 2009 before the Nationals bumped him to Class AAA Syracuse in 2010. He joined the Nationals’ coaching staff in 2011 as an extra coach, primarily working with infielders. He was the first base coach in 2012 and shifted to third last season. Players like working with Jewett, who has a stern disposition but an easygoing manner.