Cross another team off the list for Bobby V.
Bobby Valentine has been informed he is out of the running for the Mariners job, this after pulling out of the Marlins job, as the Seattle Times reports. Valentine was interested in the job and thought to be the frontrunner until being told by GM Jack Zduriencik Friday morning he was no longer in the running.
The team has interviewed Cecil Cooper, John Gibbons, Lloyd McClendon and Eric Wedge for the opening. Texas' Clint Hurdle may also get an interview, although the M's may be poised to name a new manager if Valentine has already been informed he will not get the job.
UPDATE : No Seattle gig for John Gibbons, reports FOX Sports . Interesting. Eric Wedge has been getting quite a few interviews and came close to landing the Orioles job. He's also been in play for the other managerial openings, but the Mariners may be snapping him up as we speak.
UPDATE 2 : Eric Wedge will be the next skipper of the Mariners, reports Sports Illustrated . Wedge coached the Indians from 2002-2009, an era that Cleveland fans consider missed opportunities and wasted chances. Of course, if Wedge can keep the Mariners consistently above 80 wins as he did in Cleveland, the team won't have any arguments.
-- Evan Brunell
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