Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon was in Seattle Sunday interviewing with Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik for a second time according to Greg Johns of MLB.com. CBSSports.com is also reporting that A’s bench coach Chip Hale is getting a second interview as well.
Joey Cora is the only other candidate publicly known to have received a second interview for the Mariners manager position.
McClendon is the only one of the first-round of candidates to have prior MLB managerial experience.
The organization should be hiring a new skipper soon if they wish to draw top-line free agents to the town. Many times a free agent will be reluctant to sign with a team where the future is so uncertain. Regardless of who they hire, the only thing certain is the uncertainty of the future. It will be a challenge to bring in the top names regardless of who the M’s hire.