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Mariners to hire Lloyd McClendon as manager

Nov 5, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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In a move first reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal and later confirmed by Jon Heyman of, the Mariners are set to hire Lloyd McClendon as their new manager.

McClendon previously managed the Pirates from 2001-2005, compiling a 336-446 (.430) record with zero winning seasons, and has been the Tigers’ hitting coach since 2007.

Certainly plenty of managers who struggled in their first jobs have gone on to find success in later jobs, but it’s tough not to view this as a retread hire considering how much criticism McClendon received in Pittsburgh the first time around.

He’ll replace Eric Wedge, who went 213-273 (.438) in three seasons with the Mariners and left Seattle on bad terms by saying he wouldn’t have stuck around even if they gave him a five-year contract.

Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, White Sox bench coach Joey Cora, and A’s bench coach Chip Hale were the other finalists for the job.

  1. heyzeus143 - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Base thief!

  2. Reflex - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Ugh. Jack demonstrates he still can’t hire a manager.

  3. asimonetti88 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Well that’s got to be somewhat of a disappointment for Mariners fans.

  4. thesmedman - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    He came cheap, I am sure. GM’s have this thing about not wanting the Mgr to overshadow them. Look at Rizzo in DC – got annoyed with the Davey Johnson fawning by the media, so he hires a guy with no managerial experience. And they wanna feel like they’re in charge – i.e., Colletti in LA.

    I am still kinda surprised by the Ausmus thing in Detroit. Again, no experience.

    About the only GM I have any respect for is in the CFL, actually. Jim Popp. And a pretty good HC, too. So he has that experience as a player and a coach to draw upon. Would that there were more GMs and Mgrs in this way. It’s a disturbing trend, the hiring of managers without experience…

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      How is one supposed to get experience if no one ever hires inexperienced managers?

      • creator69 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        It’s like real life and trying to get a job. Everyone wants employees to have experience but no one wants to give them experience.

    • normcash - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Prior managerial experience is grossly overrated. How many retreads do we see managing teams? Mike Matheny showed you can win without prior experience. Dave Dombrowski
      is definitely NOT a GM who cares if the manager has a following—he’d never have hired
      Leyland if that were true. And Ausmus is already a media darling….

  5. fearthehoody - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Wanted Wallach, but hopefully this will be the hire that gets Jack Z fired!

  6. samaugster23 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    As a Tigers fan, I say thank you, thank you very much!!!!!!!! Hahahaha!!!!

    • gmagic9044 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Yeah…because there have been no great hitters in Detroit since McClendon’s been there…

      • rollinghighwayblues - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        And I’m sure McClendon is a huge, huge, reason for those athletes being “great” hitters.


      • weaselpuppy - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Lloyd was routinely ignored by guys like Martinez, Cabrera etc and the young guys because Leon Durham is a great hitting coach in the minors…the Tigers had to bring in a second batting coach, Toby Harrah, 2 years ago because Lloyd sucked so hard at it, but he was Jimmy Smokes toady so he stayed…

        Hey, you could have gotten Gene Lamont, we’re still stuck with him…

  7. largebill - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Huh, I thought they were leaning towards Cora.

  8. jonrox - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:42 PM


  9. farvite - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Hey OKC… Want a baseball team?!

    • thisdamnbox - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Ouch…that’s quite a kick in the nads…

  10. kcroyal - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Is there a huge difference is who manages a team? Don’t think it’s fair to fault him for having a poor record with some terrible teams, and I don’t believe there is much of a win loss differential depending on who manages the team. It’s all about talent. Joe Torrey and Tony Larussa would have had very similar records managing those horrible Pirate teams, and perhaps Lloyd has picked up a thing or two on the last 10 years. I’m rooting for the guy, but he’s almost destined to fail considering the roster construction in Seattle.

    • txnative61 - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:50 AM

      Yeah, well, it DID make a huge difference for the Red Sox this year. But point taken about talent. At least they didn’t export what they had this year for once—-.

    • Kevin Gillman - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      The Indians NEVER would have made the postseason if it wasn’t for Terry Francona. 94 losses to a 92 win season says it all.

    • jdillydawg - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      The question is, were the teams so untalented that no one could have had success, or was the manager unable to lead effectively and thus the team was bad? I don’t think you make the majors without talent, so I have to lean toward the latter here.

      I think the M’s have decent talent but ownership/management have never really been able to find success. I hope McClendon finds the silver bullet here, otherwise the next five seasons are going to seem as long as the winters in Game of Thrones. (or Seattle, I think they’re the same place…)

  11. elwaysmilehighdenver - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Lloyd had a nice run with Jimmy Smokes in Detroit. Hope he finds success in Seattle. Very pleased with DD’s hire if Ausmus.

  12. beastmode5150 - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    -mariners fans

  13. ddmcd1974 - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Lloyd is a great hire. Just remember the pirates of his time managing were no where near the pirates they have been the past 3 years. His record is amazing considering the talent those teams had. Go look it up and you will be shocked who were leaders and their stats on those teams.

    • jdillydawg - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      So, if I’m doing the math right, we can expect McClendon to manage until 2019, then in about 2027 we can expect to see the M’s in the playoffs. That’s about the same timeline as the Pirates.

  14. toodrunktotastethischicken - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Wonder how long until Dusty Baker is an “analyst” for ESPN, Fox, or MLB Network.

  15. mmason0071 - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    How dull. They just seemed to have ignored my great idea to let each of their 162 remaining fans be “Manager for a Day”.

    • rocketbutt - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      That was a great idea. They need to also expand the roster a bit.

      “Today’s starting battery: The Mariner Moose is on the mound, and Frank from Renton, in Section 212 Row 8 Seat 4, will be catching. Put your Bud Light down Frank and strap ’em on.”

  16. bobhpine - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    70-92 …Lloyd is good at getting you there…good luck with that

  17. louhudson23 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    They should have hired Excel. He appears to be the only one who knows anything about baseball anymore…

  18. swu32733 - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Mariners need change at the very top. Until that happens all else is academic. Expect more mediocrity from the Mariners on the field. One nice thing about hiring a losing manager. He should fit right in.

  19. drelms - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Well at least tony dungy will pee on himself with excitement

  20. phillysports1 - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Why didn’t they go after Ozzie Guillen ?

  21. randmwa - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    The Mariners hired a manager and no one noticed. I believe I hear crickets chirping in the background.

  22. rocketbutt - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    It was noted by someone on twitter that it was no surprise that that stalwart of sports reporting, the Puget Sound Business Business Journal, broke the news because “the Mariners haven’t been a baseball team for awhile.”

    This and other fun Mariners manager stuff:

    Welcome, Lloyd. Here’s your goat horns. Here’s your Xanax. Have fun.

  23. jdillydawg - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    But really, as long as Nintendo thinks it can still corner the market with proprietary video games and sales of the Wii (they projected they would sell 10 million units this year, they’ve sold less than half a million but recently said they still believe they can make goal!), they’ll continue make ownership decisions with the same brilliance. Until Nintendo is gone (along with a few others) the misery continues, no matter who gets put in that position.

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