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Bob Melvin

The Mariners named Bob Melvin as their new manager at a press conference on Friday.  Mariners Mail was able to catch up with the new skipper after the press conference for a quick Q&A...

MM: How long do you think it will take before you get used to being called 'Skipper' or 'Skip'?
BM: [smiling] Probably a little while.

MM: You were a catcher and the past two World Series winners have been managed by former catchers.   Why do catchers make good coaches?
BM: Three in a row works for me.  Basically, catchers are forced to see the game the same way a manager does. They have to go down the same checklist.

MM: You and Bryan Price are going to be one of the youngest manager-pitching coach duos ever.  Have you talked to him at all yet?
BM: I actually haven't talked to Bryan.  We're only a year apart and we grew up in the same area and went to the same school [University of California-Berkeley].   I am impressed with what he has done here.

MM: What advantages does being a younger manager offer?
BM: I think it's actually easier to communicate [with players] because they aren't that far away from playing against me.  We have a veteran club here and I consider that to be a plus for me.

MM: Mariners players and coaches are always featured in Mariners commercials... How's your acting?
BM: I don't know.  I guess we're going to find out.

Click here for more information from the press conference on Friday.

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