List of Seattle Mariners managers

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Eric Wedge, manager of the Mariners from 2011 to 2013.

There have been 19 managers in the history of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. The Mariners franchise was formed in 1977 as a member of the American League.[1] Darrell Johnson was hired as the first Mariners manager, serving for just over three seasons before being replaced during the 1980 season. In terms of tenure, Lou Piniella has managed more games and seasons than any other coach in their franchise history. He managed the Mariners to four playoff berths (1995, 1997, 2000 and 2001), led the team to the American League Championship Series in 1995, 2000 and 2001, and won the Manager of the Year award in 1995 and 2001.[2] Piniella is the only manager in Mariners history to lead a team into the playoffs, with one of those times after a 116-win season, tying the record for most wins in a season.[3] None of the previous managers had made it to the playoffs before. Piniella, however, managed the team in 34 playoff games, winning 15, and losing 19.[4][5][6][7] Dick Williams is the only Mariners manager to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

There have been nine interim managers in Mariners history. In 1980, manager Darrell Johnson was replaced by Maury Wills. In 1981, manager Rene Lachemann replaced Maury Wills.[8] In 1983, Lachemann was relieved by Del Crandall. Crandall did not last a full season either, as Chuck Cottier took over his job in 1984. By 1986, Cottier was replaced with a temporary manager, Marty Martinez. After one game, the Mariners found Dick Williams to take over the role of manager.[9] He in turn was replaced by Jim Snyder in 1988. In 2007, manager Mike Hargrove resigned in a surprise move amidst a winning streak, citing increased difficulty in putting forth the same effort he demanded of his players. Hargrove was replaced with bench coach John McLaren midseason.[10] A year later, in 2008, the Mariners front office decided McLaren was not performing by their standards, and was fired and replaced by interim manager Jim Riggleman.[11] New general manager Jack Zduriencik hired Don Wakamatsu as skipper for the 2009 season; after finishing the season with a .525 winning percentage, the team's poor performance coupled with off-field issues led to Wakamatsu's firing on August 9, 2010.[12] Daren Brown, who was the manager of the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, managed the Mariners for the remainder of the 2010 season. Eric Wedge was hired to manage the team for the 2011 to 2013 seasons. Lloyd McClendon was hired as the Mariners' current manager on November 7, 2013.[13]

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches[A]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
* Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Statistics are accurate through the end of the 2009 MLB season.

Managers[edit]

Mike Hargrove, the manager of the Mariners from 2005–2007
# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards Reference
GC W L Win% GC W L
1 Darrell Johnson 19771980 588 226 362 0.384 [14]
2 Maury Wills 1980–1981 82 26 56 0.317 [15]
3 Rene Lachemann 1981–1983 320 140 180 0.438 [16]
4 Del Crandall 1983–1984 224 93 131 0.415 [17]
5 Chuck Cottier 1984–1986 217 98 119 0.452 [18]
6 Marty Martínez 1986 1 0 1 0.000 [19]
7 Dick Williams* 1986–1988 318 126 192 0.396 [20]
8 Jim Snyder 1988 105 45 60 0.429 [21]
9 Jim Lefebvre 19891991 486 233 253 0.479 [22]
10 Bill Plummer 1992 162 64 98 0.395 [23]
11 Lou Piniella 19932002 1551 840 711 0.542 34 15 19 Manager of the Year Award (1995, 2001) [24]
12 Bob Melvin 20032004 324 156 168 0.481 [25]
13 Mike Hargrove 20052007 402 192 210 0.478 [26]
14 John McLaren 20072008 156 68 88 0.436 [27]
15 Jim Riggleman 2008 90 36 54 0.400 [28]
16 Don Wakamatsu 20092010 274 127 147 0.464 [29]
17 Daren Brown 2010 50 19 31 0.380 [30]
18 Eric Wedge 2011–2013 486 214 272 0.440 [31]
19 Lloyd McClendon 2014– 162 87 75 0.537

Notes[edit]

  • A A running total of the number of managers of the Mariners. Thus any manager who has had two or more terms as manager is only counted once.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seattle Mariners History & Encyclopedia". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Manager of the Year Award Winners". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Lou Piniella, Mariners parting ways". CBC Sports. 2002-10-15. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  4. ^ "1995 American League". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  5. ^ "1997 American League". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  6. ^ "2000 American League". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  7. ^ "2001 American League". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  8. ^ "1981 Seattle Mariners". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  9. ^ "1986 Seattle Mariners". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  10. ^ Stone, Larry (2007-07-01). "Mariners manager Hargrove resigns". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  11. ^ "Mariners fire John McLaren". The Seattle Times. 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  12. ^ "Mariners cut ties with skipper Don Wakamatsu". NBC Sports. Retrieved on 2010-08-09
  13. ^ Eaton, Nick (7 November 2013). "Seattle Mariners introduce Lloyd McClendon as new manager". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Darrell Johnson Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  15. ^ "Maury Wills Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  16. ^ "Rene Lachemann Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  17. ^ "Del Crandall Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  18. ^ "Chuck Cottier Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  19. ^ "Marty Martinez Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  20. ^ "Dick Williams Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  21. ^ "Jim Snyder Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  22. ^ "Jim Lefebvre Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  23. ^ "Bill Plummer Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  24. ^ "Lou Pinella Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  25. ^ "Bob Melvin Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  26. ^ "Mike Hargrove Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  27. ^ "John McLaren Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  28. ^ "Jim Riggleman Managerial Record". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  29. ^ "Don Wakamatsu Player Record (1st time manager)". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  30. ^ "Daren Managerial Record with the Tacoma Rainiers". tacoma.rainiers.milb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  31. ^ "Eric Wedge takes on rebuilding project as Seattle Mariners' new manager". ESPN. The Walt Disney Company / Hearst Corporation. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010.