Johnson, who turned 53 on Nov. 29, spent last season as the AAA Tacoma Rainiers hitting coach. He spent the month of September with the Major League club, assisting with hitting instruction. Prior to joining the Mariners organization, Johnson spent 11 seasons in a variety of capacities with the New York Mets. His stint in the Mets organization included spending three full seasons (2008-2010) as the big league hitting coach after being named to that position on July 12, 2007. (He started the 2007 season as the Mets first base coach). Over a 14-year Major League career, Johnson batted .249 with 247 doubles, 22 triples, 228 home runs, 760 RBI and 231 stolen bases in 1,531 games with the Tigers, Mets, Rockies and Cubs. He won World Series titles with the Tigers (1984) and Mets (1986) and was an NL All-Star in 1989 and 1991. In 1991 he won the NL home run (38) and RBI (117) titles.