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Oregon State Hires Former Standout Mitch Canham As Coach

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Mitch Canham, who helped guide Oregon State to its first two national titles as a player and star catcher, will be Pat Casey’s successor as head coach of the Beavers.

Canham, 34, doesn’t have college coaching experience. However, he is a rising star in the Mariners organization and sources say it was only a matter of time before he was to become an MLB manager. Instead, Canham is headed back to the Pacific Northwest to lead his alma mater.

The Washington native spent the last four years in the Mariners organization. He began his professional coaching career with the Clinton LumberKings before moving on to manage the Modesto Nuts for two seasons, compiling a 136-144 overall record. Canham has earned rave reviews this season as the manager of the Arkansas Travelers, the Mariners’ Double-A affiliate. The rising manager has guided the Travelers to a terrific start and a 42-21 record this spring.

In a decision that certainly will be hotly debated in the State of Oregon, the Beavers chose to hire Canham over heralded pitching coach Nate Yeskie and interim head coach Pat Bailey, who did a great job in Pat Casey’s absence this past season. Yeskie, our 2017 Assistant of the Year, turned down overtures to become Mississippi State’s pitching coach last summer, and the move was believed to be motivated by the idea that he would someday become the head coach at OSU. Meanwhile, Bailey was a head coach at a previous stop and has a wealth of experience at this level.

The Beavers and athletic director Scott Barnes decided to go another direction.

We’ll have more on this hire soon …

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