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Coaching Staff Complete

The Marlins have all of the coaches onboard for the 2007 season.

Joining first-year manager Fredi Gonzalez will be bench coach Carlos Tosca, pitching coach Rick Kranitz, hitting coach Jim Presley, first base and infield coach Perry Hill, third base and outfield coach Bo Porter, bullpen coach Steve Foster and bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault.

Since we have already covered Tosca, Kranitz, Presley and Hill, I'm only going to post the bios the newest announced hires.

Porter, 34, joins Florida as the club's third base and outfield coach and will also serve as the club's baserunning instructor. This season will be his first as a Major League coach, his third in the Marlins organization. Last year Porter managed the single-A Jamestown Jammers and served as the organization's outfield coordinator. In 2005, he worked as single-A Greensboro's hitting coach. Prior to 2005, Porter had a 10-year playing career, including parts of three seasons in the Majors. Porter appeared in 89 games in the Majors with Chicago (NL), Oakland and Texas, hitting .214 with five doubles, two triples, two home runs and eight RBI. He played 1,064 games in the minors after being selected by the Cubs in the 40th round of the 1993 June Draft.

Foster, 40, joins the Marlins as bullpen coach for 2007, his third season in the Marlins organization, his first as a Major League coach. He spent the 2005-06 seasons as the pitching coach at Single-A Greensboro. Prior to joining the Marlins organization, Foster worked as a scout with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for three seasons (1996, 1999, 2000), in addition to stints with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1997-98 as the head coach and the University of Michigan in 2001-02 as pitching coach. A 12th-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the 1988 June Draft, Foster made 59 ML appearances with the Reds from 1991-93, going 3-3 with a 2.41 ERA.

Arsenault, 43, returns for his sixth season with the Marlins, his fifth full season as the club's bullpen coordinator. His tenure with Florida began as the bullpen coordinator in 2002, and had a brief stint as bullpen coach during the 2003 season. The upcoming season will mark Arsenault's 16th in Major League Baseball. He worked with the Montreal Expos from 1987-2001 in various positions including bullpen coordinator, bullpen catcher, batting practice pitcher and French radio analyst.

And there you have the new Marlins coaching staff: 4 returning members and 3 new additions, not counting the manager.  The somewhat relative stability in the coaching staff should be a plus for next year.