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Mike Freeman Takes over as Travelers Manager

Mike Freeman Takes over as Travelers Manager

January 24, 2023 – Texas League (TL)Arkansas Travelers News Release

The Arkansas Travelers in conjunction with their parent club the Seattle Mariners are proud to announce the Travs coaching staff for this season led by Manager Mike Freeman. In his first season of coaching following a lengthy playing career, Freeman is joined by Shawn O’Malley (Hitting Coach), Michael Peoples (Pitching Coach), Jose Umbria (Asst. Hitting/Catching Coach), Brennan Mickelson (Strength and Conditioning) as well as Athletic Trainers Amanda Lee and Andy Turner. O’Malley returns to the staff after holding the same role last season while Lee will be in her third year as the Travs’ head athletic trainer.

Mike Freeman, 35, a former Major League player will be in his first coaching role, taking over as the Arkansas skipper. He concluded his playing career in 2021 splitting that season between the Cincinnati Reds and their Triple-A club in Louisville. Over a six year big league career from 2016-21, Freeman appeared in 193 games with six different teams. He played for the Diamondbacks (2016), Mariners (2016-17), Dodgers (2017), Cubs (2017-18), Cleveland (2019-20) and the Reds (2021). His most extensive action was in 2019 with the then-Indians when he appeared in 75 games, hitting .277 with four homers and 24 RBIs. Over his career, he played every defensive position except catcher. A native of Orlando, Florida, Freeman turned pro in 2010 after being selected by Arizona in the 11th round out of Clemson.

“I am excited to be back in the Mariners organization as the manager of the Arkansas Travelers,” Freeman said. “We have a great staff, and I am looking forward to assisting them in the development of our players.”

Shawn O’Malley returns to Arkansas for his second season as the Travelers Hitting Coach. Last year, the Travs offense scored the third most runs in franchise history and drew the most walks ever by a Travs club. He also mentored Cade Marlowe, Joe Rizzo and Jake Scheiner who became the first trio of Travs to each hit 20+ homers in the same campaign. A former Major Leaguer and former Traveler, O’Malley is in his fourth season of coaching, all with the Mariners. He spent 2021 as the hitting coach at High-A Everett and was supposed to be the High-A hitting coach in 2020 prior to the minor league season cancellation. O’Malley had a 14 year playing career including parts of three seasons in the big leagues. He totaled 124 ML games with the Angels (2014) and Mariners (2015-16)…

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