Word is Lou Piniella was strongly considered for the Seattle Mariners’ managerial position. However, the organization has denied any serious interest in the former skipper. With that being said, who should be the new manager for the Mariners next season?
“Lou expressed some interest in it, we were surprised, but listened,” Mariners baseball information director Tim Hevly said, according to Mariners.com. “He then called back and said he didn’t want to pursue it. There was no full-court press or serious discussions.”
As good as Piniella has historically been for Seattle, there is no way the 70-year-old would be the right hire for the young team. The Mariners need a manager who will have the energy and patience to help with the development of the players. In my opinion, Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale is the perfect man for the job.
The former Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, an award he received in 2006 as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, has the experience and baseball intelligence to do wonders for the Mariners. He has managed in the minors and served different coaching positions for the Diamondbacks, New York Mets and Athletics. In fact, he was strongly considered for New York’s managerial job that eventually went to Terry Collins.
The 48-year-old has what it takes to grow with the players, which could be huge for the organization in a few years. Obviously, some fans would like to see a big-named manager come aboard. The truth is that is not something the team needs. Not to mention, there are not many high profile managers who would want to take the position.