The last time Jack Zduriencik went through a managerial search in Seattle, he announced the candidates before hand - something the media and Mariners fans loved.
This time around? No dice. It's understandable, in that the Mariners general manager is hardly the only man looking now. With so many job openings to fill, Zduriencik doesn't feel the need to tell his rivals who he's bringing in for interviews.
It's a theory we in the media have tried hard to render moot. Already, the world knows Cecil Cooper, Bobby Valentine, Eric Wedge, John Gibbons and Lloyd McClendon are on Zduriencik's short list. Daren Brown, given his loyal service to the team, will get an interview, too.
Besides, Valentine has already interviewed in Toronto and Wedge with the Cubs in Chicago. There are no more secrets in the game.
Is that it?
Probably not. Even though the Mariners want a manger hired before the World Series, Zduriencik likely has a 'stealth candidate' or two. After interiewing all 10 men on his short list the last time, he came up with two new names and pursued them, too. We shall see.
Meantime, baseball and it's stories continue:
- Kirby Arnold, the Everett Herald beat writer on his annual sabatical to Arizona, caught up with Dustin Ackley before the Arizona Fall League opened play Tuesday. The Mariners want Ackley to steal more bases - he stole 10 during a season split between Tennessee and Tacoma. As Kirby updated in his blog, Ackley homered in his first at-b at.
- Cliff Lee has paid off in the post-season for Texas, winning two games as the Rangers moved past Tampa Bay and into the American League Championship Series. Evan Grant has a little perspective on the man the Mariners traded in July. And while Mariners fans bemoan losing Lee, consider the Indians fan - who will watch Cleveland alumni Lee and CC Sabathia pitch in the ALCS.
- The Indians had to cringe when a Korean newspaper quoted Cleveland's best player - and another former Mariner - Shin-Soo Choo - as saying he'd like to play for a team that won more often.
- Wondering if the San Francisco Giants can handle the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Championship Series? Bay area resident Tony LaRussa likes the Giants toughness, manager Bruce Bochy's handling of his pitching and thinks San Francisco 'has a legitimate shot.'
- Lastly, there's this. Proving that left-handers are indeed a bit different, former Mariner and Cub Mike Remlinger is auctioning off the barrel of the broken bat that busted Sammy Sosa for using corked equipment. Bid now.