Manager watch: Mariners to interview Lloyd McClendon, others

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The list grows longer and longer.

The Mariners are keeping the search going, and after their interview with Chip Hale, it's time to interview a retread. This time it's Lloyd McClendon, who's currently with Detroit as the hitting coach. McClendon interviewed with the Mariners in 2010 before they settled on Eric Wedge, and he's getting another crack.

McClendon managed the Pirates in the early 2000s, so I don't need to tell you how those seasons worked out. He hasn't managed since 2005, and the Tigers have also been talking to him, seeing as how they have an open management position themselves.

There's a whole bunch of other names still floating around for the Seattle job, including Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, Boston's third base coach Torey Lovullo, and Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, who interviewed last week.  Padres special assistant and former catcher Brad Ausmus has also been mentioned as a candidate for the Mariners and the Tigers, and 710 ESPN's Shannon Drayer opined about Dan Wilson being a possible candidate on the radio this weekend, though she admitted she didn't know if the Mariners were actually interested.

There's still not a lot to see here. The list of possible candidates is massive, and there's zero clarity to any frontrunners, though Hale, Renteria, and now McClendon have gotten interviews. Lovullo will probably get one after the World Series concludes, and if they really have interest in him as a serious candidate, no decisions on the job are going to be made until that's over.

It's also worth noting that the Baltimore Orioles are going to interview Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis for their own vacancy in the same role. Willis probably sees some writing on the wall here, as a manager often likes to bring in his own set of guys. Willis has been the Mariners pitching coach for 4 seasons, including a partial term in 2010.

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