According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, Lloyd McClendon has joined Mike Redmond and Larry Bowa as a candidate for the vacant managerial job. The 53-year-old McClendon offers a wealth of experience, including six years as hitting coach of the Tigers and five years as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
McClendon did not have an easy time managing the Pirates from 2001 to 2005. He earned a reputation as a wild man, angrily challenging umpires on close plays. In one incident, he came on field, ripped out first base, and stormed off the field with it. The Pirates never won more than 75 games under his tenure, losing five consecutive seasons. The lack of progress eventually led the Pirates front office to fire McClendon mid-season.
Prior to managing the Pirates, McClendon played outfield and first base for Cincinatti, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. He hit .244/.325/.381 during an eight-year career.
McClendon has recently found greater success working under Jim Leyland as the hitting coach in the Tigers organization. Since 2007, the Tigers have scored the fourth most runs in baseball.
Former Marlins catcher Mike Redmond is still thought to be the leading candidate in the hunt to replace manager Ozzie Guillen. Unlike McClendon and Bowa, Redmond is untested as a major league manager.
Thus far, the Marlins do not appear uncomfortable with handing the reigns to a rookie manager. If they have a change of heart, McClendon and Bowa will likely be the men they turn to. For now, the front office and ownership will continue to weigh their options, possibly announcing their decision before the end of the month.