REPORTS: McClendon a candidate for Marlins job
Perhaps there was good reason not to announce the responsibility changes for the Detroit Tigers coaching staff just yet.
It could be that the makeup of the staff is changing through natural means.
Reports Wednesday surfaced that Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon had emerged as a candidate to replace the fired Ozzie Guillen as the manager of the Florida Marlins. Citing Marlins sources, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler was the first to report that McClendon had interviewed for the job.
[UPDATED: McClendon did not get the job. The Marlins hired Mike Redmond.]
McClendon has managerial experience, having spent four-plus seasons as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates before being fired midseason in 2005. A former Pirates player during his eight-year playing career, McClendon was added to the Pittsburgh coaching staff by his former manager (and current boss) Jim Leyland after his playing days. He served as the Pirates' hitting coach under both Leyland and successor Gene Lamont, before taking over the team in 2000, and compiling a 336-446 record. The Pirates' 79 wins under Clint Hurdle this season were the most since McClendon led Pittsburgh to a 75-87 record in 2003.
The Tigers brought back Leyland's entire coaching staff intact when they re-signed the manager to a new one-year contract this week, but indicated that some of the coaches' roles might be changing. Those changes were not announced just yet.
“The way I’d answer this question is that we’ve had some conversations for a lengthy period about making some possible transitions with responsibilities, nothing reflective upon what’s happened in the year past," Tigers president, CEO and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "But I’m not in a position to address that at this point.”