Recently dismissed Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has been named manager of the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens, the team announced today (Twitter link). McClendon was fired from his post as Seattle’s skipper back in early October (as is often the case when a team brings a new general manager on board).
The 58-year-old McClendon will bring a wealth of coaching and managerial experience with him back to the Tigers organization. McClendon was Detroit’s Major League bullpen coach in 2006 and then spent seven seasons from 2007-13 working as the club’s Major League hitting coach before being hired in Seattle. He also spent four seasons as the hitting coach and five as the manager in Pittsburgh from 1997-2005.
McClendon is well-respected by peers and was seemingly well-liked in Seattle, as he was reportedly part of Robinson Cano’s pitch to Nelson Cruz when trying to sway his friend to sign in Seattle last offseason. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see McClendon’s name tied to managerial openings after the 2016 season as they open, and there’s always the possibility that he could rejoin the Tigers’ big league staff in some capacity after next season.