The Company Man
Kirby Arnold of The Everett Herald has a nice story about former Timber Rattlers player, coach, and manager Scott Steinmann. He also digs into the Herald archives for this picture from a Randy Johnson rehab start back in 1996. Steinmann, who coached for the Aquasox in 2010, will manage Everett this season.
Eighteen games into the 1998 season at Class AA Orlando, with a .189 batting average in 125 minor league games over two-plus years, minor league director Benny Looper delivered some harsh news.
“Benny pulled me in and said they’d run out of a spot for me,” Steinmann said. “It’s very tough to hear those words. You realize that it’s been taken away from you, that you didn’t get a chance to reach your goal.”
Then Looper said something else. He told Steinmann that the Mariners could release him and let him try to sign with another team, but they’d also welcome him to stay with the organization as a coach.
“I realized that if I wasn’t showing that glimmer of hope yet, I should go on with my life and go into coaching,” he said. “I wanted to stay in baseball. Coaching is what I wanted to do anyway, but it just came a little sooner than I’d thought. It was a great gesture that they offered me a job at such a young age.”
He was 24 then and ready to absorb every piece of knowledge he could get. Working the next 15 years under longtime coaches such as Roger Hansen, Mike Goff, Pedro Grifol and Andy Stankiewicz, Steinmann learned about catching, hitting, managing and molding young men.
He finished the 1998 season coaching at Class A Lancaster, then became a roving minor league catching instructor the next year. He coached at Class A Wisconsin in 2000 and 2001, then at high-A San Bernardino in 2002.
Steinmann got his first managing job in 2003 at rookie-level Peoria, where he produced winning records the next two seasons.
Managing Class A Wisconsin in 2005, his team won its division title and took a lead into the late innings of the deciding game of the championship series before losing to South Bend.
Well, it was a scoreless tie late in Game Five, but you get the idea. Much more at the link. Head over and read it all.