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Marlins interview Lloyd McClendon for manager gig

The former Pirates manager is one of three final candidates for the job in Miami.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Ed. note - this story was scheduled hours in advance of today's news that the Marlins have hired Mike Redmond and unfortunately published minutes after the announcement. I'm taking this off the front page but leaving this in our archives as a matter of record. -jbopp

The Miami Marlins have interviewed former Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon for their open managerial position, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports:

Detroit Tigers batting coach Lloyd McClendon has interviewed for the Miami Marlins’ managerial vacancy, a major-league source confirmed to FOXSports.com…

The Marlins would like to have their new manager in place before baseball’s general managers meet next week in Indian Wells, Calif.

Manager of Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-2005, McClendon failed to put a stop to the Bucs’ losing ways, amassing 336-446 win-loss record. The Tigers hitting coach for the past six seasons, McClendon reportedly evokes a calm demeanor that will attract the Marlins’ front office after a tumultuous season with Ozzie Guillen.

McClendon joins former Marlins catcher Mike Redmond and former Phillies manager Larry Bowa as the remaining candidates for the Marlins’ manager gig. Reds pitching coach Bryan Price was interviewed for the position but has dropped out of the running.

The Marlins are expected to announce their new manager prior to the GM meetings that begin November 7.