Jim Caple

Walla Walla Sweets Hire Jeff Cirillo

Former Mariner infielder Jeff Cirillo was hired this week to manage the minor league Walla Walla Sweets, who are located on the east side of the state.

“I’m excited to take the next step and coach at a higher level,” Cirillo was quoted by the Sweets after his hiring. “Being in Walla Walla last year to watch my son Connor play (on the Sweets) and be a part of the team, I look forward to being a part of the Walla Walla community and to bring a championship to the Sweets organization.”

“It’s a fantastic asset to bring Jeff on as manager,” Sweets general manager Cody Miller said in the news release. “His experience and success he had in the Major Leagues is something that will be a great benefit for the Sweets in the WCL. I know our group of players next year are going to get the some best coaching and instruction both on and off the field. I couldn’t be more excited about next season.”

Cirillo played 14 seasons in the majors, eight with the Milwaukee Brewers, and made two All-Star teams. He played two seasons with the Mariners in 2002 and 2003, mostly at third base. After ending his career, he went on to be a scout for the Anaheim Angels.

The Sweets play at Borleske Stadium, the same field where Tony Gwynn and Ozzie Smith played when they were in the minors, as well as actor Kurt Russell. Yes, Kurt Russell! They also are a fun team to watch, including their sweet onion mascot.

So perhaps you should drive (or fly) out there and watch them play. And also have some drinks at the many wineries in the area. And root for Cirillo and the Sweets.

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