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New Manager On The Way

I don't know how many of you care about this whole process, but I do know that it's almost over:

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik could name a new manager as soon as Tuesday after deciding not to hold a second round of interviews for the job.

Zduriencik instead spoke to his seven candidates a second time by phone over the weekend and planned to spend today mulling over his decision. It's possible he could call a couple of candidates again today, but he believes he has received enough information to make a call without having to see anyone a second time.

So it's going to be one of the seven rookies. I don't know anything about their analytical skills, so I'm going to judge them arbitrarily.

"It is," [Wakamatsu] said. "You want to get started, if you're the candidate. I'm chomping at the bit."

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champ at the bit/chomp at the bit

This is kind of a funny one, because champing does mean repeatedly chomping. Some animals champ (open and close their mouths, making a chomping noise) as part of a mating ritual. The correct expression is champ at the bit when you mean to say that someone is eager or excited.

Based on a sample size of one erroneous expression, Don Wakamatsu's the worst of them all. Here's to avoiding a different, nerdier kind of catastrophe.