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Wednesday, October 07, 2015 This Week's Paper
Tacoma Rainiers Tab Roy Howell as New Skipper

The Seattle Mariners have promoted Roy Howell as the new manager of the Tacoma Rainiers. Howell was recently serving as the hitting coach of Mariners Double-A affiliate Jackson Generals of Tennessee.

Howell replaces Rich Donnelly who was named the new third base coach for the Mariners on March 7. Donnelly's stop in Tacoma was a quick one. He took over the Rainiers January 15 and leaves the team before managing a single game.

Prior to his stint at Jackson, Howell was the hitting coach for the Class-A High Desert Mavericks. During his two seasons of instruction the Mavericks set franchise batting records in average, hits, RBI and runs scored.

A former American League All-Star and 1978 team MVP of the Toronto Blue Jays, Howell spent parts of 11 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Texas Rangers, Toronto and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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