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Mike Goff to manage Lookouts

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Mike Goff, who spent the past two summers coaching with the Seattle Mariners, is the new manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts.

That means he will be adjusting from plane trips across the country to bus rides throughout the Deep South.

“The way the airports are now, bus trips won’t bother me a bit,” Goff said.

Former Seattle and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Chris Bosio is Chattanooga’s new pitching coach, while Jamie Dismuke will be returning for his fifth consecutive year as Lookouts hitting coach. Dismuke coached the past four seasons under Jayhawk Owens, who was let go by the Cincinnati Reds in September, and was a coach with the Lookouts under Phillip Wellman in 1999, the final year they played in Engel Stadium.

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Goff served as Seattle’s first-base coach in 2005 and the first three months of this past season, but he moved to bench coach in early July when John McLaren took over as manager. After leading the Mariners to a 43-41 record to close out the year, McLaren and Seattle general manager Bill Bavasi announced Oct. 5 that Goff and three other Mariners coaches would not be retained.

“His name was recommended to me when we were in the search process,” (Terry) Reynolds (Reds director of player development) said. “I talked to a number of people who knew him and knew him well, and he was very well-regarded by everybody we used for research. The next step was interviewing him here in Ohio, and he aced that.

“He is knowledgeable and passionate, and he is very excited about this opportunity.”

The 45-year-old Goff, who lives in the Phoenix area with his wife and three children, grew up in Mobile and was a two-time All-Sun Belt selection at UAB in 1983-84. He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 21st round of the ’84 draft and played in their farm system until 1988, when a back injury ended his playing career.

Goff got a taste of the Southern League in 1992 as Jacksonville’s hitting coach and in 1996 managed Wisconsin to the Class A Midwest League title series. After that, he served nine seasons as Seattle’s coordinator of instruction for its farm system before spending the past two years coaching in the majors.

“My true love has always been managing,” Goff said. “When I took over coordinating with the Mariners, I didn’t expect to do it for that long, but I had good bosses, enjoyed it and had the opportunity to go to the big leagues.”

Lookouts owner Frank Burke doesn’t know anything about Goff except that he comes highly recommended and with a wealth of baseball experience.

“I don’t know if he knows what he’s getting into as far as dealing with me, but I’m looking forward to meeting him,” Burke said. “We’ve had great experiences with our managers.”

The 44-year-old Bosio was a second-round pick of the Brewers in 1982 and compiled a 94-93 record in 11 seasons in the majors. In 1993, his first season with the Mariners, Bosio threw a no-hitter against Boston.

Bosio has been out of baseball since 2002, when he was pitching coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays under Lou Piniella.

These seem to be “outside” hires. They were apparently hired for their skills, not because they were in the Twins organization when Krivsky was there. I take this as a positive sign.