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Mariners notes: Baby Brown on deck

Wife of M's interim manager due with first child

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By Kirby Arnold
Herald Writer
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  • The Mariners' Matt Mangini reacts after striking out in the bottom of the ninth inning of Sunday's game.

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    The Mariners' Matt Mangini reacts after striking out in the bottom of the ninth inning of Sunday's game.

SEATTLE — First the baby, then the job
Daren Brown ended his eight-week stint as the Mariners' interim manager with a 19-31 record and hopes that he'll have a chance at the job for a full season in 2011.
But first, he hurried home to Texas after Sunday's final game to be with his wife, Cindy, who's due with their first child this week.
“We have a doctor's appointment in the morning at 11,” Brown said. “I'll be there for that.”
He'd like to come back to Seattle next spring not only as a father, but also as a manager.
“This is the only organization I've ever coached or managed in,” said Brown, who has been with the Mariners the past 10 years and managed the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers four seasons before he replaced Don Wakamatsu on Aug. 9.
“The first day was special,” he said. “To win that first game, from the triple play in that game to having Guti (Franklin Gutierrez) give me the game ball, that was special for me. The whole time I've been here has been special.”
General manager Jack Zduriencik said Sunday he expects the managerial search to reach full speed next week.
“Not this week but next,” he said. “There's some obstacles with the postseason.”
Zduriencik said he has done mostly preliminary work in his manager search, calling general managers of teams with men he may want to consider. He said he also has gotten several calls from agents of prospective managers.
Bones to pick
Surgery season begins this week for two Mariners, outfielder Ryan Langerhans and infielder Matt Tuiasosopo.
Langerhans' left elbow has been bugging him since midseason and he'll have bone spurs removed on Tuesday. He expects to be at full strength not only by spring training, but also before hunting season ends.
“I think by the end of November I'll be able to pull back on a bow,” Langerhans said.
Tuiasosopo will have surgery Friday to remove bone chips from his right elbow, his second such surgery in two years.
Brown said other Mariners who finished the season unable to play — Russell Branyan (back), Mike Carp (strained arch), David Aardsma (oblique), Jose Lopez (dislocated right middle finger) — will be fine by spring training.
Relief pitcher Shawn Kelley (right elbow surgery) also is progressing well in strength and grip testing and Brown said he should be pitching by May or June if he continues to improve.
Of note
Franklin Gutierrez set a major league record by finishing the season with 415 defensive chances without an error this season. It beat the old record of 396 chances by Curt Flood of the Cardinals in 1966. ... Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 and finished the season with 214 hits. ... The Mariners drew 2,085,914 at Safeco Field this season, the lowest home attendance since 1,777,159 in 1995. ... Carl Hamilton, the Mariners' video coordinator the past 21 years, worked his final game Sunday before he retires at the end of the year. Hamilton handles all game and workout video for training and scouting purposes and pioneered the emphasis on video in baseball. He threw out the first pitch before Sunday's game to former Mariner Dan Wilson, who was joined in the ceremony by ex-Mariners Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez and Bob Wells.
Read Kirby Arnold's blog on the Mariners at www.heraldnet.com/marinersblog
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