The Seattle Mariners have appointed long-time Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon to be their new manager, the team announced Tuesday. The news was first reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
McClendon, who spent the last eight seasons coaching in Detroit, will hold the title of manager for the second time in his career. The 54-year-old guided the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-2005, amassing a 336-446 record in his five-year tenure.
McClendon's hiring means that the four other final candidates to take over in Seattle -- Tim Wallach, Chip Hale, Joey Cora and Rick Renteria -- will likely have to wait until next season to get their first big-league managing gig. There is now one managerial spot open -- the Cubs -- but of the four above-mentioned names only Renteria is thought to be in contention.
Before embarking on his long coaching career, McClendon played eight seasons in the big leagues as a corner outfielder and first baseman. The Indiana native spent all of his playing time in the National League Central -- suiting up with the Reds, Cubs and Pirates -- but has developed experience in the AL under Jim Leyland over the past eight years.
McClendon also interviewed for the Tigers managerial job, but he lost out to Brad Ausmus over the weekend.