Lloyd McClendon is the new manager of the Seattle Mariners, sources confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
McClendon, 54, managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 until he was fired with 26 games remaining in the 2005 season. The Pirates were 336-446, a .430 winning percentage, in that time.
Most recently, McClendon served as the hitting coach on Jim Leyland's staff with the Detroit Tigers. In Seattle, he replaces Eric Wedge and takes over a Mariners team that has not finished in the upper half of the AL West since 2007 and has not reached the postseason in 12 years. McClendon will be the club's eighth manager since Lou Piniella left the club after the 2002 season.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik interviewed many candidates and had pared that to five: Rick Renteria, Chip Hale, Tim Wallach, Joey Cora and McClendon. Zduriencik has one guaranteed season remaining on his contract, according to reports.
The Puget Sound Business Journal first reported the McClendon hire.
The Mariners' job is the fourth to be filled since the end of the season. The Tigers hired Brad Ausmus to replace Leyland, the Washington Nationals replaced Davey Johnson with Matt Williams, and the Cincinnati Reds replaced Dusty Baker with Bryan Price. The Chicago Cubs, who fired Dale Sveum after the season, are believed to be choosing between Torey Lovullo, A.J. Hinch, Dave Martinez, Manny Acta, Renteria and Wedge.