Baseball: Iwakuma joins Mariners as special assignment coach

The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday their former pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has rejoined the organization as a special assignment coach reporting directly to general manager Jerry Dipoto. He will begin his new role, which will include scouting talent from Japan, during spring training, which is expected to open in mid-February. “Kuma has demonstrated throughout his career skills that we think will make him a perfect fit working with our coaches and players,” Dipoto said in a press release. “He was always prepared, has a terrific work ethic, and the ability to communicate the things that made h…

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