Mariners Insider Blog

It's Sunday, and a new Mariners manager is close

General manager Jack Zduriencik has spent his weekend on the telephone, talking to those in the game whose opinions he trusts – and to five of the seven candidates interviewed last week for the job of the next Seattle Mariners manager.

"I've got two more guys on that list I haven't been able to reach yet, and until I do there's not much I want to say," Zduriencik said. "But we're pretty close to making a decision.

"After the interviews, I said I wanted to take a step back, collect my thoughts and proceed from there. Now, I think it's probably time to take a step forward."

In his conversations with five of those seven candidates, Zduriencik has told each it's about time he hired someone. He's given each a second-chance telephone interview, and whether he needs go hear more than that from any of them remains to be seen.

Zduriencik seems, however, to be close to naming a new manager – and may not need new candidates or even second face-to-face interviews.

Those candidates include 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.

By tomorrow, that list could be narrowed to one.