Five days after Mike Hampton tendered his resignation as the team’s bullpen coach, the Seattle Mariners announced that Nasusel Cabrera will take over the job in an interim role.
Cabrera, who’s been part of the Mariners organization in some capacity since 2009, first joined the major league club in 2015 as the team’s batting practice pitcher. Prior to his move to Seattle, Cabrera was a pitching coach at the minor league level and in the Dominican Republic.
Cabrera spent four seasons from 2009-13 with the Mariners’ rookie ball affiliate in Pulaski before moving up to the club’s Short-A affiliate in Everett in 2014. Among the pitchers on the 2013 team at Pulaski were Edwin Diaz and Emilio Pagan, who are currently with the Mariners. Seattle entered the All-Star break with a team bullpen ERA of 4.23, which ranked 19th in the majors. Opposing batters are hitting .243.
Seattle’s relievers have combined to give up 160 runs, 143 of which are earned. That’s the 10th-highest in Major League Baseball. The bullpen is also ranked 27th in the majors with 16 saves, with the aforementioned Diaz responsible for 13 of them. Seattle’s had just 29 save opportunities in 2017.
At the time of Hampton’s resignation, which came after the Mariners’ final game prior to the All-Star break, it was revealed by general manager Jerry DiPoto that Hampton was doing so in order to spend more time with his family. Hampton, who won 148 games in 16 seasons as a major league pitcher, joined the Mariners’ coaching staff to serve as the team’s bullpen coach prior to the 2015 season.