(CBS Seattle/1090 The Fan) — Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon will not be retained for the 2016 season, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Seattle officially announced the decision Friday morning. Also let go were bench coach Trent Jewett, third base coach Rich Donnelly, outfield coach Andy Van Slyke and bullpen coach Mike Rojas. Pitching coach Rick Waits and coach Chris Prieto have been invited to stay with the team in different positions. Hitting coach Edgar Martinez and infield coach Chris Woodward have also been invited to stay on with the coaching staff.
After expectations of being an AL West contender, Seattle ended the 2015 season with a disappointing 76-86 record. The 2016 season would have been the final year of McClendon’s three year contract.
Recently appointed Mariners General Manger, Jerry Dipoto, reportedly considered the firing of McClendon carefully.
“I have a great deal of respect for Lloyd, as a person and as a manager,” Dipoto said in a statement. “It is a credit to his professionalism that the team continued to play hard through the final day of the season. However, after extensive conversations it became clear to me that our baseball philosophies were not closely aligned. On behalf of the Mariners, I want to thank Lloyd and his staff for their hard work the past two seasons, and I wish him the best moving forward.”
McClendon was hired by former General Manger Jack Zduriencik in 2013. In two season under McClendon, the Mariners went 163-161, and did not make it to the postseason (Seattle has not made the post season since the 2001 season. According to ESPN, with the Toronto Blue Jays now in the playoffs, the Mariners own the record for the longest playoff absence).
In the franchise’s 39-year history, Lloyd McClendon was the 16th full-time manager.
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