(1090 The Fan) — The Seattle Mariners have hired Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon to be the team’s new manager, according to the front office.
McClendon has five years of Major League managerial experience, having been the skipper of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05. After tallying a 55-81 start with the Bucs in 2005, McClendon was releived of his duties as manager and replaced by interim manager Pete Mackanin.
The following season McClendon became the bullpen coach for the Tigers — not long after, he would become the team’s hitting coach. McClendon had been the Tigers hitting coach since 2007 before taking the job with Seattle.
The 55-year-old beat out Athletics bench coach Chip Hale, Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and former Mariner Joey Cora for the job which has been vacant since the end of the 2013 season. Former manager Eric Wedge informed the team days before the end of the 2013 campaign he would not be returning to manage the team in 2014.
As a player, McClendon played in eight MLB seasons as a first baseman and outfielder for the Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. He hit .244/.325/.381 with 35 home runs in 1,375 Major League plate appearances from 1987-94.
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