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November 18, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Wakamatsu: “I haven’t heard a word”

Larry Stone here. With KING 5 reporting that A’s bench coach Don Wakamatsu is the front runner to become the Mariners’ next manager, I gave Wakamatsu a call at his Texas home earlier this morning. He said he’s still waiting for some good news from the Mariners.
“It’s real quiet,” he said. “I haven’t heard a word. I really have no idea.”
Wakamatsu, in fact, said he hadn’t talked to GM Jack Zduriencik since Saturday night, when they had a 20-minute or so followup conversation. Wakamatsu was in Seattle for his interview last Wednesday.
I just heard from a Mariners’ source, who said that Zduriencik has not offered the job to anyone yet, nor had additional conversations with any of the seven candidates since the weekend.
Wakamatsu, 45, would be an intriguing choice because he has ties to all three of the Mariners’ AL West foes. He spent this past year in Oakland, was on the Texas staffs of Buck Showalter and Ron Washington from 2003-07 (bench coach for the former, third-base coach for the latter), and was the Angels minor-league coordinator and roving catching instructor in 2001-02.
We’ll try to gather more information this morning.

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