Four Managerial Interviews Scheduled
Shannon Drayer with the scoop on the first four managerial candidates that the Mariners will interview. The first two up are John Gibbons, who we heard about last week, and Eric Wedge, the former Indians manager. Bobby Valentine and Cecil Cooper, formerly of the Astros, will also get interviews.
Finally, Shannon notes that the Mariners hope to have a manager in place “before the World Series”, which begins on October 27th. So, they essentially have two weeks to get through the process to meet that goal. Given that, it’s unlikely that you’ll see too many more names added, just given the time constraint.
I’m sure plenty of you guys will have opinions about these guys, and that’s fine, everyone’s allowed to have an opinion. Personally, though, I don’t think we really have any idea how what makes a good manager, and it’s almost certainly different for each organization. What kind of manager would be the best fit for this group of players and front office to work with? I have no idea. Unless your last name is Zduriencik, you probably don’t either. So, we can yap all we want, but that’s really all we’re doing. They’ll hire whoever they’re going to hire, and we’ll figure out whether we like him or not once we see what he does. Until then, they’re pretty much all the same to me.