Lloyd McClendon, the hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers, was named the 16th manager of Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners.
McClendon, 54, has spent eight seasons with the Tigers after serving five as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“Lloyd is a bright and articulate guy,” Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik said yesterday in a statement. “He is a tireless worker and is very respected by the players with whom he has worked.”
The Mariners said Sept. 28 that Eric Wedge, 45, decided not to return for a fourth season as manager after the team finished 71-91 this year. Wedge, the 2007 American League manager of the year, led the Mariners to three straight fourth-place finishes in the AL West. Seattle last had a winning season in 2009.
McClendon joined the Tigers as a bullpen coach in 2006 before moving to the hitting position. The Tigers led the majors in 2013 with a .283 batting average and were second in runs scored with 796 as the team advanced to the American League Championship Series.
The Tigers won Central Division titles and advanced to the playoffs in each of the past three seasons. They were swept by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series last year.
“Seattle has a tremendous group of talented players and the fans and city should be excited about the club’s future,” McClendon said. “I’m looking for this group to take a big step forward.”
McClendon, who served as a coach for the National League at the All-Star Game in 2003, never had a winning season as manager of the Pirates and was fired in September 2005 having compiled a 336-446 record.
McClendon had a 16-year professional playing career after being selected by the New York Mets in the eighth round of the 1980 draft. He played for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and the Pirates.
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