Lloyd McClendon was hired as manager of the Seattle Mariners yesterday, taking over a rebuilding job that Eric Wedge walked away from.
McClendon becomes the third manager hired by general manager Jack Zduriencik. Wedge quit at the end of the Mariners’ fourth straight losing season, citing differences with the front office on how to move forward with improving the team. Wedge’s contract expired after the season.
McClendon, 54, is the 16th full-time manager in club history. He takes over a club that went 71-91 last year.
McClendon was the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to ’05, going 336-446 during the Pirates’ 20-year stretch of losing seasons. Pittsburgh never won more than 75 games or finished higher than fourth in the National League Central during his tenure, and he was fired in early September of the 2005 season.
After Pittsburgh, McClendon settled into a stable role on Jim Leyland’s staff in Detroit. For eight seasons, McClendon was a coach for the Tigers, including the past seven as hitting coach. He interviewed for managerial positions in Seattle and Miami during that stretch but never got an offer.
When Leyland announced his retirement last month, McClendon interviewed for the position with the Tigers that eventually went to Brad Ausmus.
Red Sox take out ad thanking Cardinals fans
The champion Boston Red Sox said thank you to fans — of their World Series opponents.
The Red Sox took out a full-page ad in yesterday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Under a large photo of two boys — one in Cardinals clothing, the other in a Red Sox jersey and cap — the heading reads, “From one great baseball town to another.”& amp; amp; lt; /p>
The ad lauds the “warm Midwestern welcome” extended to the Red Sox and Boston fans. It reads, “ Your region, its people, and the entire Cardinals organization represent everything that’s great about baseball.”
The ad is signed by Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino.
Cabrera one of three finalists for AL MVP
Miguel Cabrera has a chance to repeat as American League MVP after being named one of three finalists for the award in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Detroit’s third baseman is joined by Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina are up for top player in the National League.
BBWAA award winners will be announced next week.
Rockies co-owner arrested for DUI
Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. Monfort was arrested late Monday in Windsor, Colo., about 60 miles north of Denver. He was released from jail yesterday on a personal recognizance bond and apologized.