The Puget Sound Business Journal, citing a source close to the Mariners organization, reported Tuesday that Lloyd McClendon will be named as the team’s manager.
McClendon, who has worked as the hitting instructor for the Detroit Tigers since 2007, was the only finalist in the job search with experience as a major-league skipper. Between 2001 and 2005, McClendon managed the Pirates to a 336-446 record. After four last-place finishes in the NL Central, McClendon was fired on Aug. 24, 2005.
Despite his inability to turn the Pirates into a contender, McClendon developed a reputation as a fiery competitor whose animated disputes with umpires — and, sometimes, fellow managers — gained the respect of his players.
A Mariners spokesman neither confirmed nor denied the news, noting that announcements have been prepared for McClendon and four other finalists: Oakland A’s bench coach Chip Hale, San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, former Mariners second baseman Joey Cora (an ex-coach with the Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins) and Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach.
The Puget Sound Business Journal report was corroborated by CBS.com national baseball writer Jon Heyman.
An outfielder and first baseman McClendon, spent eight years as a utility player for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. His best season was in 1989, when he appeared in a career-high 92 games with the Cubs, batting .286 with 12 homers and 40 RBI.