Below, cut and pasted, is Greg Johns' story about the Seattle Mariners naming Lloyd McClendon as their new manager.
Please comment about what you think of this selection.
For myself, I'm happy that we have a manager who knows something about hitting. For our young team, a manager who is a good teacher is definitely an asset. But I wonder why his own team, the Tigers, didn't select him to fill their vacancy? He seemed to be a logical choice for their vacancy, so what was it that they saw lacking in him? He has previous managerial experience, though he didn't accomplish much in Pittsburgh. Then again, he didn't have much to work with either. I really wish him will.
Here is the Johns story:
SEATTLE -- A Mariners team looking for a fresh start will turn to a skipper looking for a second shot of his own, as Lloyd McClendon was named Seattle's new manager on Tuesday night.
McClendon is the fourth Major League manager hired this offseason, but the first with any prior experience, as Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik went with a man who led the Pirates from 2001-05 before spending the past eight years as a coach on Jim Leyland's staff in Detroit.
The club made the hire official not long after an MLB source confirmed a report initially tweeted by the Puget Sound Business Journal. McClendon will be introduced at a news conference on Thursday at Safeco Field.
"Lloyd is a bright and articulate guy," said Zduriencik, who was the Pirates' director of scouting from 1991-93, when McClendon played for Pittsburgh. "He has Major League managerial experience and has served in a vital capacity in Detroit under one of the game's best managers. He is a tireless worker and is very respected by the players with whom he has worked. We look forward to Lloyd embracing our players as we move the Mariners forward."
Zduriencik just concluded talks with five finalists to replace Eric Wedge, with McClendon among the group brought to Seattle for a second interview. The other finalists were A's bench coach Chip Hale, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, former Mariners second baseman and longtime White Sox bench coach Joey Cora, and Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach.
McClendon, 54, was the only one of those candidates with a track record of Major League managing experience, but the Mariners bucked this offseason's trend after the Reds promoted pitching coach Bryan Price, the Nationals hired former D-backs third-base coach Matt Williams and the Tigers opted for former catcher Brad Ausmus, none of whom has sat in the manager's chair at any level of pro ball.
McClendon's hiring leaves the Cubs as the only team still searching for a new skipper.
McClendon had a 336-446 record when Pittsburgh was in the middle of a 20-year run of losing seasons, then was immediately hired by Leyland and was regarded as a big part of the Tigers' success as they reached the American League Championship Series four times and the World Series twice during his eight years.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to manage the Seattle Mariners," said McClendon, who spent the past seven seasons as Leyland's hitting coach. "Seattle has a tremendous group of talented players and the fans and city should be excited about the club's future. I'm looking for this group to take a big step forward."
McClendon didn't have a tremendous record managing a young Pirates team, but his 72 wins in 2002, 75 in '03 and 72 in '04 were the most victories by any Pittsburgh team over an 11-year period from 2000-10.
McClendon will inherit a Seattle club featuring two of the American League's top pitchers in Felix Hernandez and AL Cy Young Award finalist Hisashi Iwakuma, as well as a promising group of young pitching prospects and position players looking to move forward.
McClendon interviewed with the Mariners in 2010, when they hired Wedge, and he was under consideration to replace Leyland this past week for the Tigers, who instead named Ausmus their new skipper on Sunday.
McClendon becomes the 19th manager in Mariners history, including three interim skippers, since the franchise was formed in 1977. Since Lou Piniella resigned following the 2002 season, the club has had seven managers -- Bob Melvin, Mike Hargrove, John McLaren, Jim Riggleman, Don Wakamatsu, interim skipper Daren Brown and Wedge -- and none posted a winning record during his tenure.
Wedge stepped down after going 71-91 in his third season at the helm, citing differences of opinion with club management.
McClendon is a veteran of 33 years in professional baseball, including 16 years as a player after being selected in the eighth round of the 1980 Draft by the Mets as a catcher out of Valparaiso University. He converted to an outfielder/first baseman in the Majors and spent eight seasons with the Reds, Cubs and Pirates from 1987-94 while batting .244 in 570 games.
The native of Gary, Ind., began his coaching career as the Pirates' roving Minor League hitting instructor in 1996, then was promoted to the Pirates' Major League hitting coach job from 1997-2000 before becoming manager in 2001.
After his five years as the Pirates' skipper, McClendon joined Leyland's staff in Detroit as bullpen coach for one year, then hitting instructor the past seven years.
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.