Dodgers’ Wallach to interview on Thursday

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Tim Wallach is the newest name to emerge on the Mariners’ managerial search list, as the Dodgers third base coach confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday that he will be meeting with Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik this week.

Wallach, who is expected to interview on Thursday, becomes the fifth confirmed candidate for the opening created by Eric Wedge’s departure. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com was the first to report Wallach would be talking with Zduriencik. The 56-year-old already has interviewed for the Tigers’ vacancy as well.

Zduriencik is conducting preliminary interviews in Phoenix with a large group of candidates, possibly as many as 10-12, and will likely finish up that process this week and then bring several finalists to Seattle as early as next week.

The other candidates that are known to have talked with Zduriencik already are A’s bench coach Chip Hale, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, Tigers hitting coach and former Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon and Giants bench coach Ron Wotus.

Wallach was a five-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner as a third baseman for the Montreal Expos during a 17-year-playing career from 1980-96 that included stops with the Dodgers and Angels.

He has been the Dodgers third base coach the past three seasons after managing the club’s Triple-A team in Albuquerque to a 152-135 record in 2009-10. Wallach was the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2009, when he also was named Baseball America’s “Best Manager Prospect.”

Wallach also served as the Dodgers hitting coach from 2004-05 and previously coached and managed at the Class-A level with two different Dodgers’ clubs, as well as spending a year coaching at his alma mater, Cal State Fullerton in 2000.

Wallach was a career .257 hitter in the Major Leagues and racked up 2,085 hits, 260 home runs and 1,125 RBIs. He led the Majors in doubles in 1987 with 42 and won two Silver Slugger Awards before retiring in 1996.

The Dodgers drafted each of his three sons. One remains a catcher in the Dodgers organization, another is pitching in the Cubs system and the third is currently a catcher at Cal State Fullerton.

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