In a sign the Mariners could be closing in on their managerial decision, Bobby Valentine was informed today that he was not getting the job, according to sources.
Many considered Valentine, who managed the Mets to the National League pennant in 2000 and also had success managing in Japan, to be the favorite. It’s not immediately known if the Mariners have settled on their choice.
Those close to Valentine say that he was very interested in managing the Mariners, despite their 101-loss season in 2010. But in a phone call this morning from Jack Zduriencik, Valentine was told they were going in a different direction.
Eric Wedge, John Gibbons, Lloyd McClendon and Cecil Cooper are also known to have interviewed, and Clint Hurdle is a possible candidate, along with interim manager Daren Brown.