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Marlins announce full 2019 major league coaching staff

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The four hirings reunite manager Don Mattingly with a few old friends.

Trey Hillman (far right) was previously Don Mattingly’s bench coach in L.A.

The Marlins have hired Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (pitching coach), Trey Hillman (first base/infield coach), Jeff Livesey (assistant hitting coach) and Kevin Barr (strength and conditioning coach) to fill out Don Mattingly’s 2019 major league staff, the club announced Wednesday morning. The remaining positions will be filled by familiar faces from last season’s 98-loss campaign.

And here’s the full press release:

Marlins Communications

The Hillman hire confirms Clark Spencer’s report from Tuesday. No doubt, his previous experiences with Donnie—inside the Yankees organization during the 1990s and as a manager/bench coach combination for the 2011-2013 Dodgers—worked in his favor here. Perhaps even more important, Hillman has ties to high-ranking Marlins executive Gary Denbo:

Stottlemyre’s father, Mel Sr., served together with Mattingly on the Yankees coaching staff in 2004 and 2005. Notable snubs for the pitching gig include Jeff Nelson and Roger McDowell.

President of baseball operations Michael Hill further justified all these additions in a brief video.

The door has now officially closed on 2018 coaches Juan Nieves, Perry Hill, Frank Menechino and Ty Hill. Perry Hill and Menechino already landed assignments with the Mariners and White Sox, respectively.

Overall, this gives the Marlins one of MLB’s oldest staffs, a questionable approach considering that they’re forecasted to have an extremely young roster next season. You wonder how well everybody will be able to relate to one another on and off the field.