The Seattle Mariners have settled on Lloyd McClendon as their next manager. According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, sources within MLB have confirmed that McClendon will be named, though the franchise has not confirmed.
The Mariners have made no official announcement yet, but a Major League source confirmed the report, which was initially tweeted by the Puget Sound Business Journal. The club is expected to finalize the deal either late Tuesday or Wednesday.
And here’s that Tweet:
#Mariners will name Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon as their new manager, a source close to team says. Announcement soon.
— PSBJ News (@PSBJ) November 5, 2013
The information was later confirmed by the @Mariners official Twitter Account
#Mariners announce Lloyd McClendon as 16th fulltime manager in club history. McClendon in town Thursday to meet with media.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) November 6, 2013
According to MLB.com, McClendon was the only candidate with major league experience, having led the woeful Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 – 2005.
The other Mariners finalists were A’s bench coach Chip Hale, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, former Mariners second baseman and longtime White Sox bench coach Joey Cora and Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach.
McClendon went 336 – 446 in his 4+ seasons as manager, as the Swashbucklers never gained traction in the youth movement. The past seven years he’s been serving as hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers, including the mentoring of Miguel Cabrera becoming the first Triple Crown winner in several decades. The Tigers just named Brad Ausmus as manager, so it’s not surprising the McClendon might seek other opportunities as Ausmus may want to build a staff of those he is more familiar with. McClendon was a leading candidate for the Tigers job replacing veteran Jim Leyland, especially given his previous managerial experience. But ultimately the Motor City Kitties went another direction.McClendon brings World Series experience (as a hitting coach) to the struggling Mariners
Credit: Leon Halip
He becomes the 19th manager in franchise history, only Lou Piniella managed to stick around more than four seasons or make the playoffs.
– David Whitlock