After finishing below .500 for the fifth consecutive year, the Seattle Mariners decided to shake things up by naming Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon as the team’s new skipper on Tuesday. McClendon, who managed the Pirates from 2001 – 2005, previously interviewed with Mariners in 2010 but lost the job to Eric Wedge.
McClendon opened up about the devastation he felt when not getting the position with the Mariners three years ago, on SiriusXM MLB Radio.
“I got that call, I cried in my wife’s arms for quite a while. It was pretty tough,” McClendon said. “I thought at that time I was going to be the right guy for that job, but you know, God had other plans, and I think the plan has come to fruition and I certainly think I’m in the right place at the right time now.”
McClendon also spoke about his new team, and the approach he will take in 2014.
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