Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tigers Lloyd McClendon Is Candidate for Marlins Job

By Sean Gagnier

UPDATE: McClendon has missed out on the Marlins job and will return to the Detroit Tigers next season and continue serving as the hitting coach.  

The Detroit Tigers didn't waste any time in getting the team ready for next season, announcing several roster moves and the return of manager Jim Leyland. Leyland said at his press conference that the entirety of his coaching staff would be invited to return next season, with one change.

The invitation to return was extended to all of Leyland's coaches, but it was explained that there would be one change. Rumors are that the change will involve third base coach Gene Lamont, who is oft-criticized for his choices at that location. A replacement candidate for third base coach could be current first base coach Tom Brookens.

However, there may be more than just the one coaching move come next season. After a disappointing season in Miami, the Marlins have fired manager Ozzie Guillen and are now looking for his replacement. Apparently the "all-Latin team" went out the window when the Marlins record went south, and Miami has interviewed Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon for the vacancy.

McClendon reportedly interviewed with the Marlins on Oct. 30. He makes sense for the under performing team, as he helped to turn Austin Jackson into a solid leadoff hitter and oversaw a Triple Crown winner. But McClendon isn't the only candidate by far; the Marlins are also looking at Larry Bowa, currently of MLB Network, and Mike Redmond, currently manager of the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays. Miami was also considering Bryan Price, but he has since withdrawn his name.

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