Stearns, 62, entered the 2013 season as Seattle's minor league catching coordinator, and finished the year as the manager at AAA Tacoma. It was his 39th season in professional baseball, and he has served as a scout, manager, coach, roving catching and hitting instructor, player and ESPN broadcaster. Stearns joined the Seattle organization in 2012 as minor league catching coordinator. In 2013, when Daren Brown joined the Mariners Stearns took over as Rainiers manager. Stearns was the New York Mets Major League third base coaching and catching instructor in 2000 and 2001. Stearns played 11 seasons in the Majors, combing to hit .260 with 152 doubles, 46 home runs and 312 RBI in 810 games with Philadelphia (1974) and the Mets (1975-84). He was a four-time National League All-Star (1977, 1979, 1980 and 1982).