The Seattle Mariners today announced the coaching staff for the Mariners 2020 Fantasy Camp at the Peoria Sports Complex.
The inaugural camp is scheduled for January 12-18, 2020. Participants will receive Big League instruction in the fundamentals of the game from such noted Mariners veterans as Brian Holman, Arthur Rhodes, Mike Moore, Ryan Franklin, Gary Wheelock and Keith Comstock.
Coaching Staff Bios
Although Brian Holman pitched for the Mariners for only three seasons (1989-1991) he left a big mark. Holman was acquired by the Mariners in May 1989 from the Montreal Expos, along with Randy Johnson and Gene Harris, for Mark Langston and Mike Campbell. Holman was the winning pitcher for the Mariners Opening Night against the Los Angeles Angels on April 9, 1990. Less than two weeks later, against the Oakland A’s, Holman retired first 26 batters he faced. With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, former Mariner Ken Phelps hit a pinch hit home run, turning a perfect game into a one-hit win. A workhorse of the starting rotation, Holman notched 32 wins and 14 complete games in just two and a half seasons.
After Holman’s bright future was cut short by an arm injury, he got involved in youth baseball and coached at the high school varsity level as well as private instruction. Today, Holman is on the staff of the Edge baseball academy in Fort Worth, Texas.
Pitcher Arthur Rhodes was a top setup man for the Mariners over five seasons (2000-2003, 2008). He was a key member of the bullpen for the Mariners 2000 Wild Card team and was 8-0 with a 1.72 ERA during the Mariners 116 win 2001 season. From 2001-2003, Rhodes was a combined 21-7. He still holds the Major League record for career “holds” at 215. During his more than two decade Major League Baseball career, Rhodes played for the Baltimore Orioles (1991-1999), Oakland A’s (2004), Cleveland Indians (2005), Philadelphia Phillies (2006), Florida Marlins (2008), Cincinnati Reds (2009-2010), Texas Rangers (2011) and St. Louis Cardinals (2011), where he was part of the World Series Championship team.
Ryan Franklin had two stints with the Mariners (1999, 2001-2005). He was signed by the Mariners in 1993 and made his Major League debut in 1999. In 2000, Franklin was a member of Team USA, which won a gold medal in baseball in the Sydney Summer Olympics, where he had a 3-0 record in four appearances. Franklin began his career with the Mariners pitching out of the bullpen before being moved to the starting rotation. During the 2003 season, Franklin was one of the team’s most consistent starters, posting an ERA of 3.57 over 212 innings. Over his 12-year Major League career, Franklin also played with the Phillies (2006), Reds (2006) and Cardinals (2007-2011) where he was an All-Star in 2009.
Mike Moore was selected by the Mariners first overall in the 1981 MLB Draft. During his 14-year Major League career, Moore pitched for the Mariners (1982-1988), Oakland A’s (1989-1992), where he was an All-Star (1989) and played in two World Series (1989, which the A’s won, and 1990, which the Cincinnati Reds won), and the Detroit Tigers (1993-1995). During the seven years he pitched for the Mariners, Moore started 217 games, including a league-leading 37 in 1986.
Gary Wheelock has logged over 43 years in professional baseball as a player and coach. He was part of the Mariners organization for over 25 years. After a rookie year pitching for the then-California Angels in 1976, Wheelock joined the Mariners for their inaugural season (1977). He pitched for the Mariners for two seasons (1977, 1980). Beginning in 1983, Wheelock coached in the Mariners system including stints in Bellingham, San Bernardino, Everett and Peoria. His most recent assignment with the Mariners was as Minor League Rehab Pitching Coordinator (2012-2016). Wheelock also coached in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers systems, as well as the Venezuelan Winter Leagues, in Taiwan and Australia. Although officially retired, Wheelock is currently helping with player development and is the pitching coach for New Zealand’s Under 18 baseball program.
Keith Comstock pitched for the Mariners from 1989-1991. Over a six-year Major League career he also played for the Minnesota Twins (1984), San Francisco Giants (1987) and San Diego Padres (1987-1988). He also pitched for two season for the Yomiuri Giants (1985-1986) in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. Since retiring as a player Comstock has coached in the San Francisco Giants system (1993-2000), Los Angeles Angels system (2001-2006) and is currently part of the Texas Rangers organization.
Fantasy Camp Registration Now Open
Registration for the 2020 Mariners Fantasy Camp is open to fans (men and women) over the age of 30. Campers will get individual instruction in the fundamentals of pitching, hitting, fielding and base running skills and compete in games against fellow campers and coaches.
Packages include hotel accommodations, breakfast and lunch each day, authentic uniform and accessories, Opening Night reception and closing awards banquet, evening programs, photos and video and a personalized baseball card to commemorate the week.
For more information about the camp and available packages, or to register, log onto Mariners.com/FantasyCamp or call 206-346-4023.