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09/12/2011 9:07 PM ET
Mariners promote Roger Hansen to special assistant to general manager
Hansen will focus on Mariners minor league system
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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik today announced that he has promoted Roger Hansen to Special Assistant to the General Manager.

"Roger has a long history working in our player development department," Zduriencik said. "His new role reporting directly to me will allow him greater influence in a variety of areas as we continue to develop championship players in our minor league system. I look forward to Roger's insight and input, his recommendations and his contributions as we move forward."

Hansen, 50, has spent 18 years working in Mariners player development, and an addition three seasons as a player in the Mariners minor league system.

He was the Mariners Major League bullpen coach in 1992, spending the season as the youngest coach in the Majors. He returned to the Major League coaching staff on Aug. 9, 2010 and remained through the end of the 2010 season as the interim bench coach.

Hansen spent the last nine seasons (2003-2011) as the Mariners Catching Coordinator, overseeing catching throughout the Seattle minor league system.

Hansen was a coach with short-A Everett in 2002, his first year back in the Mariners organization after spending the 1998-2001 seasons as the Major League catching instructor for the Orix Blue Wave organization in Japan.

Hansen began his coaching career in 1990 with the Mariners Peninsula (A) affiliate in the California League. In 1991, he was Seattle's first ever roving minor league catching instructor. He spent the 1993-95 seasons as a coach with Peoria in the Arizona League. Hansen managed the Everett club in 1996 before returning to his role as roving catching instructor in 1997.

Hansen spent the final three seasons (1987-89) of his professional playing career bouncing between AA and AAA in the Mariners system. He signed with Seattle in January, 1987, after spending seven years in the Kansas City system. Hansen originally signed as the Royals second-round selection in the 1980 June Draft. In all, he played nearly 900 minor league games, and was a career .272 hitter.

Roger, his wife Lynn, and their two children reside in Stanwood, WA. He graduated from Rio Mesa High School in Camarillo, CA, in 1980.

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