For months now there have been rumors that it would be difficult for two things to happen around the Seattle Mariners. The owners weren’t going to allow a lot of money to sign a new manager so getting a good established name would be hard for sure. Secondly it seemed impossible almost that the Mariners would be able to woo a decent managerial choice because of the looming situation where the GM might not be around after the end of the season. Lloyd McClendon apparently is not afraid of that challenge.
Some have suggested prior to this signing that McClendon is not a good option at manager. During his five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates McClendon did have a losing record so there could be some merit to the concerns. However those concerns seem to forget the last several seasons where McClendon served as the hitting coach for one of the more potent and dangerous offensive teams in the game of baseball.
During that time with the Detroit Tigers he also served under legendary manager Jim Leyland who I doubt passed a day without teaching McClendon and others something about the managing job. Considering those facts I think McClendon is about the best experienced name the Mariners could hope for. He could bomb of course because of the team he inherits but once again that should be a GM problem to build a decent roster to give the manager a fighting chance. Give McClendon that and he might surprise a few people in Seattle.