SEATTLE - According to sources, Steubenville native Rich Donnelly has been named the manager of the Seattle Mariners Triple A affiliate - the Tacoma Rainiers. He signed a two-year deal and will also be a spring training coordinator for the Mariners.
Donnelly, a Catholic Central graduate, has been manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York-Penn League short season affiliate of the New York Mets since 2011.
In November, former Pittsburgh Pirates manager and Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon was named manager of the Mariners. McClendon and Donnelly have a connection through the Pirates coaching staff and during McClendon's playing days in the early 1990s, Donnelly was on staff with now-retired Major League manager Jim Leyland.
Donnelly, who played baseball at Xavier University, spent 14 seasons (19861999) on Leyland's staff with three organizations (Pittsburgh, Florida, Colorado). He earned a World Series ring with the Marlins in 1997.
Donnelly was signed as a catcher by the Minnesota Twins in 1967 and played four seasons in the minor leagues, compiling a .230 career average with two home runs and 115 RBIs.
He managed in the Texas Rangers' minor league system in the 1970s and 1980s and was a base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2000s.
Over the past three seasons, the Cyclones have compiled a 126-95 record with a playoff berth under Donnelly's tutelage.