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Posts Tagged ‘John McLaren.’

Bench coach McLaren named Nationals interim manager

John McLaren (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Washington Nationals have named John McLaren as their interim manager, filling in a void created by the unexpected resignation Jim Riggleman.

The 59-year-old Nationals’ bench coach the past two years, takes the reins of the hottest team in Major League Baseball.

Riggleman quit on Thursday due to the fact club officials refused to discuss a contract extension.

McLaren is the Nationals’ fourth manager following Frank Robinson, Manny Acta and Riggleman, managed the Seattle Mariners for parts of two seasons where he compiled a combined 68-88 record.

He takes over a team that is just 8 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East after winning 11 of its last 12 games.

 

Info courtesy of Washington Nationals

Eric Wedge takes over rebuilding job in Seattle

Since Lou Piniella left the Seattle Mariners bench as the manager in 2002, the manager’s office in the Pacific Northwest has been revolving door of who’s coming next!

The other managers were Bob Melvin, Mike Hargrove, John McLaren, Jim Riggleman, Don Wakamatsu and Daren Brown. At least Piniella stayed 10 years and that added stability to the franchise but now another manager is ready to jump in to take control of a losing team.

After a year away from baseball, former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge is ready to go again.

Eric Wedge is now in Seattle (MLB)

Megasportsnews.com reported Saturday night that Wedge would be the next Seattle manager, but it was officially confirmed on Monday that 42-year-old Wedge was hired as the Mariners seventh manager since 2003 and he received a three-year contract.

This rebuilding job will not be easy to retify. Seattle has not been to the playoffs in 10 years; it’s coming off it’s second 101-loss season in the past three and they are clearly the worst team in the AL West behind contending teams Texas, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Oakland. Ichiro Suzuki is clearly the only star player on the team.

Wedge is used to rebuilding. He was given the task twice in Cleveland. In seven seasons on Lake Erie, the media-friendly Wedge had some nice ballclubs that featured power, pitching, defense and speed. In 2007, he took the Indians to one win of the World Series.

But in his second try at rebuilding the Tribe, he lost his job.

compiled from staff, MLB & Seattle Mariners news