McClendon will interview for Mariners job next week
Lloyd McClendon has been in line for the Tigers managerial job the past several years. He is now a candidate for the Seattle Mariners managerial opening for the second time in three years.
McClendon will interview for the M’s job next week. He confirmed the reports, including from MLB Network’s Jon Paul Morosi, via text message.
McClendon reportedly finished runner-up to Wedge for the Seattle job after the 2010 season. Wedge went 213-273 in three seasons with the M’s before parting ways about a month ago. For the M’s to want to interview McClendon again is a pretty good sign of how he interviewed last time.
Last time around, McClendon was one of at least five candidates with prior experience managing in the big leagues to interview for the job. So far this time around, the M’s have taken the opposite approach, interviewing two bench coaches — Oakland’s Chip Hale and San Diego’s Rick Renteria — with no prior Major League managing experience. Whether that works to McClendon’s advantage remains to be seen.
What happens from here, of course, has a lot to do with what happens in Detroit, where McClendon is one of two candidates to interview for the Tigers job. Dave Dombrowski has wasted little time talking with candidates, which should bode well for him reaching a relatively quick conclusion on his choice to succeed Jim Leyland. If, however, the M’s wrap up their search and offer McClendon their job while the Tigers are still interviewing, he’d have a decision to make.
The Tigers’ winning ways are a huge factor in Detroit’s favor. So is the fact that Dombrowski has job security, while Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik is reportedly heading into the final year of his contract.
This might not be the only time the Tigers and Mariners talk to the same candidate. MLB.com’s Mariners beat writer, Greg Johns, reported earlier this week that the M’s are believed to have interest in Brad Ausmus, another potential first-time manager who’s drawing a lot of interest this fall.