Marlins hire four new assistants — many of whom have Yankees ties

Wells Dusenbury
Contact ReporterSouth Florida Sun Sentinel

The Miami Marlins have announced the hiring of four new assistants to round out the team’s coaching staff for the upcoming season.

Joining manager Don Mattingly will be Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (pitching), Trey Hillman (first base/infield), Jeff Livesey (assistant hitting) and Kevin Barr (strength and conditioning).

“I think what’s paramount with all the new staff members is they’re all incredible teachers,” Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said. “I think that was something that was part of the search process as we look to find the most experienced, most knowledgeable, but on top of that — great teachers, as we look to continue to build our organization and add young talent.

“We wanted to make sure we had great teachers and we feel we were successful in doing that.”

Stottlemyre Jr. has spent the past five seasons as the Seattle Mariners’ pitching coach. Previously, he worked in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization from 2002-15, serving as major league pitching coach, minor league pitching coordinator and major league bullpen coach.

His father, Mel Stottlemyre, was an assistant coach with the New York Yankees from 1996-2005, when current Marlins CEO Derek Jeter was on the team.

Hillman has a diverse coaching experience, having managed in the United States, Japan and Korea. Most notably, he was the Kansas City Royals manager from 2008-10. He led Japan’s Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters (2003-07) and South Korea’s SK Wyverns (2014-18) to titles.

He has long-standing ties to Marlins vice president of player development and scouting Gary Denbo. The two were both coaches in the Yankees’ farm system in the early ‘90s and Hillman later hired Denbo as his hitting coach in Japan.

Hillman was also Mattingly’s bench coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2011-13.

Livesey has spent the past 16 seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, spending the last five as the team’s assistant hitting coach. He brings international experience as well, having served five seasons in Japan as the Hiroshima Carp’s bench coach (2006-09).

Like Stottlemyer Jr. and Hillman, Livesey also has Yankee ties. He was drafted by the Yankees in 1988 and spent eight years in the team’s minor league system.

Barr has been promoted after serving as the Marlins’ minor league strength and conditioning coordinator last season. He spent 14 years with the Tampa Bay Rays (2003-16) as their strength coach, earning Major League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator of the Year in 2009.

In addition to the new hires, Miami returns five assistants from last season: Tim Wallach (bench), Mike Pagliarulo (hitting), Fredi Gonzalez (third base), Dean Treanor (bullpen) and Brian Schneider (catching).

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