Two names surface in Mariners managerial search

There’s been a consensus regarding where the Seattle Mariners would look for their next manager after today’s season finale. The thought has been that they’d possibly look to promote from within. Robbie Thompson and Daren Brown are two names that have been given lots of attention in the local media.

However, FOX Sport’s Ken Rosenthal indicates the M’s could be looking outside the organization.

These are both familiar names, of course. Joey Cora played for the Mariners from 1995-1998, and was interviewed for the position after Don Wakamatsu was fired. You might remember how much he wanted the job then.

Price was the club’s pitching coach under three different Mariners managers. He came to the club to work under Lou Piniella, then continued under Bob Melvin and Mike Hargrove. After the 2006 season, Price left the M’s to reunite with Melvin, who was entering his third year as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Both of these guys have been managerial candidates for several years, each narrowly missing out on jobs. Each has been on successful coaching staffs and each has ties to the Mariners. So, they seem like natural candidates.

Now, just because the Mariners have kicked around the idea of talking with them, would either want to take this job?

Cora loved his time with the Mariners and seems like the more likely of the two to take his first managerial job wherever he can get it. Price might be the more sought-after option for other teams that could include the Yankees, Angels and Cubs. Plus, Price had a front row seat to one of his bosses — a franchise icon — wanting out, another being scapegoated and a third who would eventually walk away as well.

We have no idea how good either of these guys — or anyone else, really — would fare as manager of this club. We don’t even know if they’d be interested. The talent has to improve. But at least we’re starting to get some names to kick around.

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