General manager Jack Zduriencik began seriously pursuing managerial candidates today, and was hardly alone - there are GMs trying to do the same throughout major league baseball.
Seeking a permanent replacement for Lou Piniella in Chicago, the Cubs will interview a handful of possibilities, including Don Wakamatsu. Figure that name to pop up in all cities not named 'Seattle.'
Wakamatsu's reputation may have slipped with Zduriencik and the Mariners, but not around baserball. He is considered a scapegoat for Seattle's problems by many, and as one Oakland scout said: "If you'd ask me who the perfect candidate would be in Seattle for that franchise today, I'd say Don Wakamatsu."
There's been a curtain of silence from the Mariners thus far, with candidates reported ranging from Bobby Valentine to John Gibbons, Joey Cora to Ted Simmons.
One thing seems certain: Wakamatsu isn't likely to remain unemployed long - and the Mariners will have a new man in place before the GM meetings next month.