Mariano with Brian Sabean (left) at the Giants' World Series parade in 2010.
Three new faces will join the Fresno Grizzlies coaching staff in 2012.
The San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A affiliate announced today that Bob Mariano will become the Grizzlies’ skipper next season, replacing Steve Decker, who will become the Giants’ new organizational hitting instructor. Decker had managed the Grizzlies the past two seasons.
Joining Mariano will be new athletic trainer Eric Ortega and conditioning coach Yousef Zamat.
Russ Morman, hitting coach, and Pat Rice, pitching coach, will reprise their roles from last year.
Mariano, 54, may be new to the Grizzlies, but he’s definitely not new to the Giants’ organization. The former minor league third baseman (1980-’85) has been in baseball for 33 years — the last seven of which have been with the Giants, where he has been the organization’s minor league hitting coordinator.
Mariano can be credited for much of the system’s recent success with its young hitters. Guys like Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt.
Belt had this to say about Mariano, who helped him adjust his hitting approach in the batter’s box:
“When I got to (the instructional league), I knew something would change with my stance,” said Belt. “I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Bobby worked with me every day, raised my hands, opened me up a little bit. That completely changed my entire world right there. I was able to see the ball better. I was able to pull the ball, hit it the other way — pretty much everything.” (You can read a lot more on Mariano’s success as a hitting coordinator on OGC’s fantastic blog, obsessivegiantscompulsive, here.)
Meanwhile, the Giants’ Class-A (Advanced) affiliate, the San Jose Giants, announced its 2012 coaching staff today, too.
Andy Skeels will return as the Giants’ manager, where he served in 2009 and 2011. Like the Grizzlies, San Jose added a new athletic trainer (David Getsoff) and strength and conditioning coach (Dustin Brooks). San Jose pitching coach Brian Cooper and hitting coach Gary Davenport return to San Jose again in 2012.
The Giants’ other minor league affiliates — Single-A (Low) Augusta, Single-A (Rookie) Salem-Keizer, and Double-A Richmond — have not yet announced their coaching staffs.
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