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Zduriencik on the next Mariners manager: 'It's my call'

General manager Jack Zduriencik's mind is made up on who the next manager of the Seattle Mariners will be - and the only one who could change that is, well, Jack Zduriencik.

"I've established a pecking order." Zduriencik said. "I'm not sure anything will change my mind, but I reserve the right to back away, let the dust settle and think about it a bit longer, then make my decisions.

"I'll sleep on it, think about it tomorrow, make a few calls. We could have an announcement Tuesday."

The new manager of the team, he said, will come from the original list of seven candidates interviewed last week - Arizona coach Chip Hale, Boston coaches DeMarlo Hale and Brad Mills, St Louis coach Jose Oquendo, White Sox coach Joey Cora, Portland Beavers manager Randy Ready and Oakland coach Don Wakamatsu.

There will be no experienced candidates added, no need for a second face-to-face interview.

"We're pretty close to making a decision," Zduriencik said.

"They've told me it's my call," he said.