Seattle Mariners' Assistant Pitching Coach
Jim Brower is beginning his first season as the Seattle Mariners' assistant pitching coach. Coach Brower started his coaching career with the Kansas City Royals in 2010, as a pitching coach in the minors, and most recently, in 2016, he served as the Minor League Pitching Coordinator for the Chicago Cubs.
A native of Edina, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, Brower was a part of the 1985 East Tonka Little League team that made it to the Little Leauge World Series. From there, he continued to excel as an athlete, lettering in five sports—football, basketball, baseball, track, and bowling—in high school.
He was initially drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates (56th round), in 1991, but decided to attend the Unversity of Minnesota. During his time with the Golden Gophers, Brower was a standout pitcher, helping the squad win the Big Ten regular season and the conference tournament chamipionship his first year—and he steadily continued that level of success, making the NCAA tourney every year during his tenure. In 1994, Brower was named to the All-Big Ten Team and received the Dave Winfield award. He capped off an exceptional '94 when he was drafted (and signed) by the Texas Rangers in the sixth round of the draft.
Brower spent the first several years of his professional career in the minor leagues, spending some time in Triple-A in 1997. In 1998, he was traded to the Clevland Indians, where he also made his way up to the Triple-A club. During the September call-ups in 1999, Brower got his 'Cup of Coffee," joining a solid Indians major league squad that was led by David Justice, Roberto Alomar, Jim Thome, and Manny Ramirez.
Over the next three years, Brower spent time with the Cincinnati Reds and the Montreal Expos, before landing with the San Fransico Giants. It was there that Brower had a chance to compete for a reliever role—he was usually a starting pitcher—and he flourished as a righty setup man. In 2004, he tied the Giants' team record for appearances (89), pitching 93 innings with an ERA of 3.29. And while pitching with Atlanta Braves in 2004, Brower didn't allow a baserunner over 5.1 innings of work in the team's playoff loss the Houston Astros.
In 2006, Brower had stints with the Baltimore Orioles and the San Diego Padres, before finishing his MLB career in 2007 with the New York Yankees. For his career, he had a 33-32 record, with an ERA of 4.67 over 574 innings and almost 400 strikeouts (397).
Brower had a little gas left in the tank, however, as he pitched a no-hitter on Opening Day in 2010 while playing in the Italian League, and had a second no-hitter broken up in the eighth inning of his second start.
He currently lives in Deephaven, Minnesota.