Another week, another Bay Area bench coach interviews to become the next manager of the Seattle Mariners. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus recently interviewed for the vacant position.
Last week, Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale—twice before a contender for the job—also interviewed with the Mariners.
Seattle may be interviewing everyone in baseball (I’m still waiting for my call, Jack Zduriencik). Reports say that besides Wotus and Hale, the M’s have talked to San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria (also a candidate for the managerial vacancies with the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers) and Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, a former Pittsburgh Pirates manager who is also in the running to replace Jim Leyland in Detroit.
Wotus has been on the Giants’ coaching staff since 1998, working one year as Dusty Baker’s third base coach before being named bench coach the following season. He stayed on as bench coach under Felipe Alou and remained under current manager Bruce Bochy.
The 52-year-old Wotus is a native of Connecticut who had a short major league career, playing in 32 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1983-84 after the Pirates drafted him in the 16th round in 1979. He played briefly in the Baltimore Orioles organization in 1981 before returning to the Pirates farm system in 1982. After spending a season in Triple-A for the Kansas City Royals, Wotus spent his final two years as a player with the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate in Phoenix in 1988-89.
He remained with the Giants after retiring as a player, managing three different minor-league clubs (High-A San Jose, Double-A Shreveport and Triple-A Phoenix) from 1991-97 before joining the big-league coaching staff.