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Mariners Hire Lloyd McClendon as New Skipper

Major League Baseball(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Mariners hired former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon as its new manager.

McClendon had been the Detroit Tigers hitting coach since 2007. Before that he served as the Pirates skipper from 2001-05 compiling a 336-446 record.

"Lloyd is a bright and articulate guy," Mariners executive vice president and general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "He has Major League managerial experience and has served in a vital capacity in Detroit under one of the game's best managers. He is a tireless worker and is very respected by the players with whom he has worked. We look forward to Lloyd embracing our players as we move the Mariners forward."

McClendon, 54, takes over for Eric Wedge, who led the Mariners to a 71-91 record last season.

McClendon beat out Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, A's bench coach Chip Hale, Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and former Chicago White Sox bench coach Joey Cora.

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