A's bench coach Chip Hale is the first candidate known to receive a second interview for the Mariners' managerial and would appear as such to at least be considered a finalist. According to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com, Hale's interview will take place Monday in Seattle.
The Mariners are aiming to have a manager in place by the end of this coming week, according to sources, so Hale's second interview is a very good sign for him. Hale was a Mets coach before joining Bob Melvin's staff in Oakland, and before that a longtime minor-league manager.
Other candidates may well be getting second interviews, but it is thus far unknown, and the Mariners are keeping the process especially secret, as is their nature.
Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, Giants bench coach Ron Wotus, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria and Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon have reported to have received at least initial interviews. Well-respected former Mariners Dave Valle and Joey Cora also have in contact with the team and could be candidates, as well. Valle is known to have had an interview, as was first reported by SI.com.
The Mariners are said to have a very long list, but with the timetable for a decision not too far off, it appears they are paring their roster down. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik declined to comment on the reported candidates.