Former Tigers hitting coach and Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon has been hired by the Seattle Mariners to replace Eric Wedge as manager, according to reports.
McClendon, 54, played eight years in the major leagues as an outfielder and first baseman. He previously managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to 2005, going 336-446, and finishing in an average of fifth place. He has been hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers since 2006. He has been successful as the hitting coach there, as the Tigers have scored 4.88 runs per game and had a .771 OPS since he became hitting coach in 2006. In 2013, the Seattle Mariners finished 22nd in runs scored, and definitely could use a boost to their team. McClendon will not only help their hitting, but will most likely help their team overall, as he has a "strong, fiery personality", but he knows how to "keep his guys in order". McClendon could be the perfect voice for this young talented Mariners system.