McClendon to interview with Mariners next week
Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon can be added to the list of candidates interviewing for the Mariners managerial opening, as the former Pirates skipper confirmed to MLB.com on Saturday that he’ll be talking to Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik next week.
Zduriencik began preliminary interviews with a number of people this past week in Arizona, with the other confirmed talks being with A’s bench coach Chip Hale and Padres bench coach Rick Renteria.
Zduriencik was in Seattle on Saturday to speak at an American Legion Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, then was scheduled to return to Arizona for more interviews. Among the inductees Saturday night were Mariners groundskeeper Bob Christofferson and former Mariners pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and Mike Campbell.
McClendon was the first candidate interviewed by the Tigers on Thursday and is regarded by some a leading contender for that post after Jim Leyland stepped down last week. He worked on Leyland’s staff the past eight seasons after managing the Pirates from 2001-05.
The Tigers have also interviewed Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, who is also believed to have interest in Seattle’s opening.
McClendon also interviewed with the Mariners in 2010 when they instead hired Eric Wedge, who just resigned following his third-straight losing season due to a disagreement with management.
McClendon had a 336–446 record in five years with the Pirates when Pittsburgh was in the midst of a 20-year run of losing seasons, then was immediately hired by Detroit and has been regarded as a big part of the Tigers success as they’ve reached the American League Championship Series four times and the World Series twice during his eight years with Leyland.
The Mariners are one of three teams still looking for a manager along with the Tigers and Cubs, with the Reds already having promoted pitching coach Bryan Price and the Nationals reportedly having reached agreement with D-backs third base coach Matt Williams.
Teams are discouraged from announcing managerial hires during the World Series, so no further announcements are expected until the Red Sox and Cardinals conclude the Fall Classic.
All three remaining teams could also be waiting to interview candidates from those teams, with Red Sox third base coach Torey Lovullo regarded as one of the top available prospects.