Tuesday Nov. 18, 2008
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners picked Don Wakamatsu as their new manager, giving the job to the Oakland Athletics bench coach and filling the only opening in the majors.
Wakamatsu was chosen Tuesday over several other candidates, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. Mariners spokesman Tim Hevly said the team expects to make an announcement Wednesday, but he would not confirm or deny the choice of Wakamatsu. KING television in Seattle first reported that Wakamatsu got the job.
After going 61-101 this season and finishing last in the AL West, Seattle was the lone team looking for a manager. Wakamatsu has never managed in the big leagues.
He interviewed last week 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.