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Report: Mariners interview Tampa Bay coach for managerial opening

Mikie Mahtook, right, gets a high five from Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo after a home run in September. Montoyo is reported to have interviewed Monday for the vacant Seattle Mariners manager post.
Mikie Mahtook, right, gets a high five from Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo after a home run in September. Montoyo is reported to have interviewed Monday for the vacant Seattle Mariners manager post. The Associated Press

Tampa Bay coach Charlie Montoyo interviewed Monday with the Mariners for their vacant managerial opening, according to a twitter post by Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

There was no confirmation from the Mariners regarding the report, but multiple sources indicate Montoyo is on a list of what is believed to be five finalists to replace Lloyd McClendon.

While new general manager Jerry Dipoto recently acknowledged he has a short list of candidates, he added, “I’m not likely to share it at any time soon.”

Montoyo, 50, spent the past season as the Rays’ third-base coach after serving the eight previous years as manager of their Triple-A Durham affiliate.

Tampa Bay interviewed Montoyo a year ago when Joe Maddon bolted for the Chicago Cubs before eventually hiring Kevin Cash.

Former Texas interim manager Tim Bogar is generally viewed as the Mariners’ leading candidate to replace McClendon, who was fired Oct. 9 by Dipoto with one year remaining on his contract.

Bogar currently works for the Los Angeles Angels as a special assistant to the general manager — a post he accepted last November when Dipoto was the Angels’ general manager.

Earlier reports contend Phil Nevin interviewed for the Mariners’ opening. Nevin spent the last two years as manager at Triple-A Reno in the Arizona system.

Durham won six division titles and two International League crowns in Montoyo’s eight years. The Bulls also won the Triple-A championship in 2009.

Montoyo was picked in 2010 and 2013 as the International League’s manager of the year.

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