Scott Brosius has helped Mariners as hitting coach in Tacoma
Originally published September 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm Updated
September 22, 2016 at 7:55 pm
The three-time World Series champion left a successful
coaching career at Linfield to start a pro career with the Rainiers.
By Matt Pentz, Seattle Times
When Scott Brosius left his post as the baseball coach at
Linfield College last year after eight successful seasons, he cited a need for
new challenges, the allure of a “new adventure.”
Brosius didn’t exactly picture divisional road trips to
scenic Fresno, Reno and Sacramento as the first-year hitting coach for the
Tacoma Rainiers, but hey, he’s never been one for five- and 10-year plans
“The travel, especially in Tacoma, was an eye-opener,”
Brosius said this week.
“I had to remind myself occasionally at 3 in the
morning that this was all my idea.”
It took a little while, 15 years removed from his playing
career, to regain the rhythms of the professional game. But the former New York
Yankees third baseman compared the sensation to riding a horse, the feel of the
saddle familiar after a period of readjustment.
In eight seasons at Linfield, Brosius compiled a 270-96
record, leading the Wildcats to a Division III national championship, four
regional and five Northwest Conference titles.
Linfield is where he learned how to teach. The lessons he
imparted were on a more basic level than the ones he’s passing along at Class
AAA, sure, “but it’s the same idea. As a coach, you just love when the light
bulb turns (on),” Brosius said. “… You get a feel for how the younger guys
With the Rainiers, he works with younger versions of
himself. The native of Milwaukie, Ore., won three World Series titles, a Golden
Glove and made the 1998 All-Star team while with the Yankees, but it took him
years of playing as a utility man with the A’s before he found his stride.
“I’ve been on every angle of Triple A as a player,” Brosius
said. “Coming up as the young guy trying to get there, the guy being sent down,
the guy on the roller coaster.”
His career arc is especially appealing for pupils such as
Mike Zunino, the Mariners catcher who has bounced between levels this season
working on his swing.
“He’s so good because he listens,” Zunino said. “He lets you
come to him, he listens and he already has an answer for whatever you’re
feeling. He always seems to be a step ahead. It’s nice, because a lot of guys
want to preach stuff and push it on you.”
Brosius ticks off the players he’s connected with this
season on their way from Class AAA to the big leagues: Zunino, Shawn O’Malley,
Stefan Romero, Mike Freeman, Nori Aoki, Dan Vogelbach.
“That’s kind of the fun of it, honestly,” Brosius said.
“We’ve had a lot of movement this year. You can get a chance to spend a day or
two with them, a week with them and see where they’re at.”
As for what’s next, Brosius was more vague.
“I try not to think in those terms, because you never know what’s
going to transpire,” he said. “You never say never. That’s the one thing I’ve
learned. But obviously I came into this with the idea that I love coaching and
want to coach at the highest level.”
Kaelia Neal, Sports editor, Linfield Review, Sept 17, 2016
Rutschman, a woman once known as “Mama Cat” by the Linfield community, died
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.
memorial service is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday in the Ted Wilson Gym at Linfield.
A reception will follow.
born on Sept. 9, 1932. In 1999 she was inducted into the Linfield Athletics
hall of fame, and she is one of 10 individuals who were 1999 inductees.
opinion, she was part of what I call Linfield’s greatest generation,” head
football coach Joe Smith said.
impacted Linfield greatly as she was the college’s athletic department
secretary for 27 years. Later she became the athletic booster club coordinator
and a ticket manager.
husband, Ad Rutschman, is also an important part of Linfield. He is in the
Linfield Athletics hall of fame for football and was a football and baseball
coach at Linfield.
the Rutschmans for their contributions, the field house on Linfield Avenue is
named the Ad and Joan Rutschman Field House.
Rutschman was loved by many, especially people in the Linfield community. “Mrs.
Rutschman made me feel like I was the most important person in the world,”
football coach Doug Hire said. “I will never forget her kind words.”
said her compassion and kindness is what set her apart from others. “She gave
everything to Linfield,” Smith said.
Joan Rutschman, wife of Ad Rutschman, died Friday 9/9/2016, on her 84th birthday. They were married more than 64 years.
A Linfield football helmet decal (see photo) honors her. Its initial appearance was during the Wildcats' opening season Saturday 9/10/2016 game on Maxwell Field/Catdome at Memorial Stadium.
Two services in McMinnville for "Mama Cat," are open to the public:
--11 a.m. Friday 9/16/2016 at St. James Catholic Church.
--1 p.m. Sunday 9/18/2016 in Ted Wilson Gym on Linfield campus.
Both Rutschmans are members of the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame. The Rutschman Fieldhouse on the Linfield campus is named for them.
For many years they each played important roles for Linfield Athletics. She was athletic secretary, booster club director and athletic tickets coordinator. He was football and baseball coach and athletic director.
Family requests memorial donations to Rock of Ages Mennonite Home, Legacy Hospice of McMinnville or Linfield College Athletics.
POSTSCRIPT to 9/5/2016 story from McMinnville N-R headlined
"New museum owner addresses vets" (Scroll down to see that story).
The N-R story mentions the late Del Smith.
Del Smith was extraordinarily generous to Linfield College.
A Linfield news release in November 2011 says the college's Board of Trustees
honored Del Smith, a trustee emeritus, by naming the college's softball venue
"Del Smith Stadium."
The release said, "Smith, founder and owner of Evergreen International Aviation,
Inc., served on the Linfield Board of Trustees from 1975 to 2009. He has
supported the college through numerous gifts and by providing internships to
hundreds of Linfield students at his local businesses. Many of those interns
went on to work full time at Evergreen after graduation."
Also, the release quotes Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie as saying “Del
Smith’s support of Linfield students, both athletically and academically, has
changed the lives of countless young people. It is fitting that we recognize
his support by naming the softball stadium in his honor. His gifts have been
instrumental in the development of our softball program into the national
The release noted that Del Smith was inducted into Linfield’s Athletic Hall of
Fame in 2005 for "meritorious service to the athletics program including
providing lodging, transportation and meals for the baseball program, and
financial gifts for the construction of the Rutschman Field House, renovation
of Helser Field and upgrades to the football and track fields."
Furthermore, the release said Del Smith's "support for the college has extended
far beyond athletics and includes contributions to the Nicholson Library,
Linfield Business Department, Edith Green Endowed Lecture Fund and the
President’s Discretionary Fund in addition to numerous internships and
full-time employment for students at Evergreen Aviation, Evergreen Aviation and
Space Museum, and Wings and Waves Waterpark."
New museum owner addresses vets By Starla Pointer, McMinnville
The owner and top managers of the Falls Event Center, which recently acquired
several elements of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum complex, said
they want to preserve aviation history and honor vets and active-duty service
personnel as they turn the site into a destination for visitors from around the
The for-profit company also intends to continue its record of helping needy
people as it builds a hotel and other businesses associated with the site.
“This is not just about making money,” Sam Ramirez, CEO for hotels, told the
McMinnville Band of Brothers veterans’ group Thursday. “We also want to partner
with the community. Donating to the community is really a cornerstone of who we
Ramirez was joined by Steve Down, founder and owner of the Falls Event Center,
which has purchased the museum’s space hall, water park, chapel and hotel site.
The latter, located between the aviation hall and water park, has been empty
for several years.
The company joins investor George Schott as campus landlords. Schott, who has
an association with the nonprofit Collings Foundation, owns the museum’s
aviation hall and theater building.
Down said he would like to have the hotel open by next July. He said he’s eying
135 rooms, which is more than Del Smith’s original plans called for.
The facility will feature “an incredible level of service ... at a price and
value anyone can afford,” Ramirez promised.
It will be the flagship of a series of similar hotels Down plans to build in
several states, he said. And it will follow his business model of giving back
to the community by reimbursing nonprofit shelter programs for the homeless for
each hotel room booked.
Down also operates a chain of sandwich shops providing food for needy people in
return for meals purchased. He said he plans to build a dozen Even Stevens’
sandwich shops in Oregon in the next year, and plans to site one in downtown
His roster of companies also includes a financial education program, Financially
Fit, along with marketing firms, construction companies and other businesses.
When they spoke to the Band of Brothers, Down and Ramirez were joined by Neil
Bergstrom, head of acquisitions, who will manage the Evergreen site.
The three also addressed a crowd of chamber members, museum staff, docents and
area residents at a community town hall Thursday morning. And they took pains
to thank the veterans for their role in preserving America’s freedoms.
Down noted that members of his generation and those who have followed sometimes
take for granted the sacrifices of veterans. They may forget that in World War
II, for example, “The world was literally in crisis. Our freedoms were in
“Please accept my gratitude for the sacrifices your generation made,” he told
the Band of Brothers, which counts 23 WWII vets among its ranks, along with
veterans of Korea, Vietnam and more recent wars.
Down said he discovered the Evergreen museum complex last November, when he was
considering launching a small jet service with multiple hubs, each featuring a
small museum of vintage aircraft.
He Googled “aviation museum” and began reading about Evergreen. Its mission of
preserving and honoring veterans conformed with his own, he said.
A native of Klamath Falls, the Utah resident flew to Oregon and loved what he
found in McMinnville. He returned last week during a vacation trip with his
wife, Colleen, along with his mother and three of his sons.
“I couldn’t wait for my boys to see this amazing campus,” he said, noting his
family was especially awed by the B-17, a bomber that flew
in World War II.
He also praised the docents and staff. “I was hooked once I met the volunteers
who donate time and a wealth of energy, knowledge and experience,” he told the
veterans, many of whom serve as docents themselves.
Down said he has guaranteed success of the complex to docents, “in order to
preserve this for future generations.”
He said he wants to attract more artifacts, including historic planes, and to
“drive funding to buy more.” He said he also supports educational efforts,
including the McMinnville School District’s Engineering and Aerospace Sciences
Academy, which meets in the space museum.
It’s a sacred honor and privilege, he said, to continue the vision of the late
Del Smith, Evergreen’s founder, and his son, the late Michael King Smith, who
dreamed of the aviation museum and educational facility.
In addition to preserving history, Down and his managers said their aim is to
make the Falls Center Event complex at Evergreen a prime destination for all
sorts of events.
Ramirez said they want people to visit for a corporate event or a wedding, or
stop at the hotel during a family vacation.
While here, they want visitors to take advantage of all the complex has to
offer. They can slide out of the 747 into the Wings & Waves pool, for
instance, or learn about the history of aviation and space exploration in the
“We want to make sure kids know these planes flew,” Ramirez said, noting that
the museums’ hundreds of docents bring that history alive.
They want their visitors to stay for several days and see other sights and
businesses in and around McMinnville as well.
“We want to bring more people here,” he said. “Not enough know how
special this is.”