In a sign the Mariners could be closing in on their managerial decision, Bobby Valentine was informed today that he was not getting the job, according to sources.
Valentine has long been rumored to be a candidate and interviewed for the job earlier this week. Currently working as an ESPN analyst, Valentine also pulled his name out of the Florida Marlins’ search, leading many to believe he was lobbying hard for the Mariners’ job.
With Valentine out, the attention turns to Eric Wedge, Lloyd McLendon, Cecil Cooper and John Gibbons.
As Stone notes, Valentine being notified he’s out of the running likely means the Mariners are close to a decision. The goal has been to name a manager before the World Series begins, and with the league championship series beginning today, we’re inching closer to that deadline.
Stay tuned for more as it develops.