It could mean something, it could mean nothing: Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon will interview with the Seattle Mariners for their manager position. Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi first reported the news on Twitter, and Chris Iott confirmed the rumor. The Mariners and Eric Wedge parted ways after a 71-91 season, their fourth consecutive losing season.
McClendon, who already interviewed for the Tigers' managerial position left open by Jim Leyland's retirement, managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to 2005. He amassed a 336-446 record with the Pirates, largely a product of the severe lack of talent he had at his disposal. McClendon interviewed with the Mariners in 2010 before Wedge was named the manager.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has come under fire in recent seasons for the Mariners' performance. The club only has two winning records in the past 10 seasons and has struggled to develop young talent in recent years. McClendon may not seem like a high profile hire to us, but other teams may be excited about the Tigers' offensive success in recent seasons.
Wedge had a 213-273 in three seasons with the Mariners.