There has been speculation, but now it’s official: The Seattle Mariner’s have indeed interviewed San Francisco Giants bench coach, Ron Wotus, for their manager position. Wotos is said to be one of many candidates the Mariner’s are interviewing, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com
Seattle is said to have a long list of candidates, with Wotus joining A’s bench coach Chip Hale, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria and Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon among those known to have been interviewed so far.
Wotus has been the bench coach in San Francisco since 1999.
Highly regarded baseball man has spent past 25 years in Giants organization, with 23 seasons in coaching ranks and last 15 campaigns on Major League staff. Is one of only five individuals since 1900 to serve as Giants coach for at least 10 years, joining Larry Jansen (12 years, 1954 and 1961-71), Bob Lillis (11 years, 1986-96), current pitching coach Dave Righetti (12 years, 2000-present) and Wes Westrum (10 years, 1958-63 and 1968-71). Invaluable asset has served as Giants bench coach, while also handling infield defense. Was manager in SF farm system for seven years (1991-97). Was twice named Manager of the Year, while posting overall 554-412 record (.574) in minors. His teams finished above .500 mark and made playoffs in six of seven years as skipper. Was member of coaching staff that traveled to Taiwan with MLB All-Stars in 2011. In 1998, he joined Dusty Baker’s staff as a third base coach, his first Major League coaching assignment of his career. From 1996-97, served as a manager for the Giants’ triple-A affiliate in Phoenix, leading Firebirds to back-to-back Pacific Coast League playoff appearances with two Southern Division championships. Was named 1997 PCL Manager of Year after piloting Firebirds to best record in all of triple-A baseball with 88-55 mark, that team finished season with one of best second half finishes in PCL history, winning 41 of its final 51 games. From 1993-95 led SF’s double-A franchise at Shreveport to three straight playoff berths. His 1995 club claimed Texas League championship with 88-47 mark, best record in all of minor league baseball. Was tabbed California League Manager of Year in 1991 when he guided squad San Jose to playoffs with 92-44 ledger, best mark in all of professional baseball.
Good luck to Wotus!