Woodward, 37, spent last season as the Mariners' roving Minor League infield coordinator. It was his first coaching position after retiring from a 17-year professional baseball career. With the Mariners last season, he played a key role in the growth of infielders Nick Franklin and Brad Miller as they elevated to the Major League level, and worked closely with top prospects Chris Taylor and D.J. Peterson. Woodward played nearly every position on the diamond during his 12 seasons at the Major League level with the Toronto Blue Jays (1999-2004, 2011), New York Mets (2005-06), Atlanta Braves (2007), Seattle Mariners (2009, 2010) and Boston Red Sox (2009).
Christopher Michael Woodward...Married with one child...Graduated from Northview High School in California where he played football and baseball...Earned All-League, All-Valley, second team ALL-CIF and team MVP honors in baseball...Attended Mt. San Antonio College where he was named All-Conference...Originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 54th round of the 1994 First-Year Player Draft.