For a little clarification, there have been a lot of reports – mostly from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman – of several people “interviewing” for the Mariners’ open managerial position.
Technically, that’s true in the sense. Five people have met with general manager Jack Zduriencik to discuss the job. However, the formality of these interviews is far from exact.
Sources within the Mariners say that these meetings with Zdruiencik – many of them in Phoenix – are preliminary. They offer an introductory meeting for Zduriencik as a way to help him narrow the vast field. We can expect more in the coming days.
Zduriencik will likely come up with a list of “finalists” in the next week, and then bring them to Seattle for “formal” interviews after that.
So here’s who we know has met with Zdruiencik so far …
Chip Hale – The current A’s bench coach was finalist in 2008 when Don Wakamatsu was hired. He has Triple A managing experience in the Pacific Coast League.
Rich Renteria - The current Padres bench coach has interviewed with the Tigers and Cubs as well. There are reports he is the front runner for the Cubs job.
Ron Wotus – The current bench coach for the San Francisco Giants has spent the last 15 years on the big league staff. He’s certainly put in his time. He does have minor league managing experience.
Lloyd McClendon – the Tigers hitting coach is the only interviewee to have big league managing experience. He managed the Pirates from 2001-05, compiling a 336-446 record. His best finish was in 72-89, which his teams achieved in 2002 and 2004.
Tim Wallach – The Dodgers’ third base coach became the latest candidate to interview. He’s a former PCL manager of the year, having led Albuquerque to the division title in 2009. He also worked for a few seasons as the Dodgers hitting coach.
There will obviously be more. Expect Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo to be contact. Brad Ausmus’ name has been rumored. Another name that could come up is Pawtucket manager and former Angels’ director of minor league operations Gary DiSarcina.
Not inspired by this list? Well, this is kind of where the Mariners are at right now. I really don’t know what a manager would do right now. As this team is currently constructed, it doesn’t matter who is going to manage, the talent is only good enough for about 80 wins.