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John McClaren, "new" bench coach

The Seattle PI, among other sources, is reporting that John McClaren has been brought in as Hargrove's new bench coach after serving as a scout for the Rays this past season.

You may remember him as the bullpen coach from 93 to 94, the third base coach in 96 and 97, and the bench coach in 95 and from 98 on through 2002.

It's interesting that they'd choose to bring him back, seeing as how he was an internal candidate for manager right after Lou left.  Now, with Brundage and Rohn gone and the minor league staffs as a combination of the uninspired and the unproven, McClaren provides probably the best option from the inside if/when Hargrove leaves.

ESPN.com paints a bit of a different picture, with one of the higher-ups seeing McClaren across the street from the M's spring training facility and calling him over to see if he wanted the job. I'll leave that open to witty comment as the rest of you deem fit.

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