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.