Mariners Rent Hisashi Iwakuma As Particular Project Coach
Former Mariners right-hander Hisahi Iwakuma is rejoining the franchise in a brand new place. The Mariners introduced Tuesday that they’ve employed Iwakuma as a particular project coach. He’ll report back to common supervisor Jerry Dipoto.
“In his new function, Iwakuma will work with Mariners pitchers and pitching instructors in any respect ranges,” the crew defined. “He’ll periodically go to the crew’s minor league associates throughout the season, in addition to spending time with the Main League crew.” Moreover, Iwakuma will help Mariners scout Manabu Noto in his homeland of Japan.
Primarily based on his adorned taking part in profession in Japan and in Seattle, the well-respected Iwakuma ought to have loads to supply as a coach. Now 39 years outdated, Iwakuma excelled in Japan for over a decade earlier than becoming a member of the Mariners in 2012. The union labored out fantastically for either side, as Iwakuma wound up pitching his total main league run with the M’s (by means of 2017). He recorded a 3.42 ERA in 883 2/Three innings, earned an All-Star nod and threw a no-hitter alongside the way in which.
Whereas Iwakuma did proceed attempting to pitch after 2017, accidents hampered his efforts. He threw simply two innings in a return to Japan in 2019 and didn’t take the mound in any respect final yr. Iwakuma then determined to retire.