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PERSONAL: Carl Blake Willis...resides in Durham, NC with wife, Rachel, and three children; daughter Alexandria and sons, Daniel and Bryson...a 1979 graduate of Piedmont Academy in Providence, NC where he played baseball and basketball...earned a bachelors degree in park and recreation management at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington...played 4 years of baseball for the Seahawks and was inducted into the schools Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998...his uncle, Paul Willis, pitched in the New York Giants system in the 1950s...enjoys all spectator sports, especially ACC basketball & the 2005 NCAA National Champion North Carolina Tarheels.

MANAGING/COACHING CAREER: In his fourth season as the Mariners Major League pitching coach after being named to the position on Aug. 9, 2010...2012 Mariners staff finished 4th in the AL with a 3.76 ERA; rookie pitchers appeard in 153 games (24 GS)...in 2011, Mariners staff was 6th in the AL in ERA (3.90) despite using 9 rookie pitchers (including 60 starts)...hired as Seattle's minor league pitching coordinator in Nov. 2009...was Cleveland Indians pitching coach from 2003-09...spent the previous 13 seasons as a coach in the Indians organization... worked with AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez for final two months of 2010 season... also tutored Cy Young Award winners Cliff Lee (2008) and CC Sabathia (2007)...in 2007 the Tribe's starting rotation posted the lowest ERA (4.19) in American League...spent two years as the pitching coach of AAA Buffalo (2001-02)...served as Pitching Coach at the All-Star Futures Game both in 2001 and 2002...began his tenure in the Indians organization in 1997 as pitching coach at Watertown (R) and followed that up with one-year stints at Burlington (A), Columbus (A) and Akron (AA).

PLAYING CAREER: Pitched in big leagues over parts of 12 seasons, compiling a record of 22-16 with a 4.25 ERA in 267 games...was an integral member of the 1991 World Series Champion Minnesota Twins bullpen..."Big Train" pitched for Twins from 1991-95, going 8-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 40 appearances in 1991 (26 ER, 89.0 IP)...pitched 2.0 scoreless IP in G#3 of 1991 World Series at Atlanta...overall was 0-0, 5.14 ERA in 4 World Series outings (7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) after not allowing a run in 5.1 IP (3 G) in ALCS...originally selected by Detroit in the 23rd round of the 1983 June draft...made his Major League debut after only one season in the minors in 1984 with the Tigers...also played in the Reds, White Sox, Twins, Angels and Indians organizations.

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