A's bench coach Don Wakamatsu picked to manage Mariners
SEATTLE - The Associated Press has learned the Seattle Mariners have picked Oakland Athletics bench coach Don Wakamatsu as their new manager. Wakamatsu was chosen yesterday over several other candidates, according to a person familiar with the decision who spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity.
Mariners spokesman Tim Hevly says the team expects to make an announcement today.
Hevly would not confirm or deny the choice of Wakamatsu.
KING television in Seattle first reported that Wakamatsu got the job filled by John McLaren and Jim Riggleman last season. Riggleman took over as manager of the club after McLaren was fired in June, but wasn't interviewed for the post next season.
After going 61-101 this season and finishing last in the AL West, the Mariners were the lone team in the major leagues looking for a manager.
Wakamatsu has never managed in the big leagues. He was interviewed last week by new Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik with six other candidates: Boston bench coach Brad Mills and third base coach DeMarlo Hale; Arizona third base coach Chip Hale; Chicago White Sox bench coach and former Mariners infielder Joey Cora; St. Louis third base coach Jose Oquendo and San Diego Triple-A manager Randy Ready.