A source within the organization confirmed that the Mariners are starting to interview finalists for their open managerial position.
Former Mariner and White Sox bench coach Joey Cora interviewed with the team on Friday, while Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McLendon interviewed with the team on Sunday in Seattle. A’s bench coach Chip Hale is also scheduled to interview in Seattle.
There could be more finalists for the job, but they are not known at this time.
Cora, a former Mariners infielder, did not coach this season and served as a television analyst this past season. He was Ozzie Guillen’s longtime bench coach with the White Sox and later in Miami.
McLendon is the only one of the three with big league managerial experience, having served as the Pirates manager from 2001-05.
Hale, who was finalist for the Mariners managerial job when Don Wakamatsu was hired, has managerial experience in Triple A with Tucson.