Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon will not be retained as manager for the 2016 season and beyond, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
After the Mariners hired new GM Jerry Dipoto, change was imminent and the manager position was more than likely to undergo a change. It seemed to be a matter of when, rather than if.
McClendon, hired by former GM Jack Zduriencik, lasted just two seasons in Seattle going 87-75 in 2014, his first season, but this past season in 2015 the Mariners finished 76-86 and not quite living up to expectations. He is the second manager in Mariners history to finish his tenure with a winning record.
McClendon was under contract for 2016, but management gave Dipoto the authority to make the changes he deems necessary and this was a move that many had speculated since he signed on. McClendon and Dipoto met regularly since the new GM got to Seattle and both said that the early talks were productive, but in the end Dipoto made the change.
Dipoto had been very careful about making this move because of his relationship with the Mariners’ big stars which made it a bit tricky.
It has been speculated that Dipoto wants to bring in Angels special assistant Tim Bogar to manage the ball club, although the hiring process must follow Major League Baseball protocol which means interviewing a minority candidate. Bogar, however, is likely the “favorite” to land the job.
Bogar was the interim manager in Texas following the resignation of Ron Washington and then was hired to be a special assistant to Dipoto in Anaheim.
The Mariners are expected to make the announcement Friday morning and start the search for a new manager immediately.