Ron Wotus up for Seattle’s head job

By Matt Cowlishaw

Aug 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Long-time San Francisco Giants coach Ron Wotus has been named by several outlets as a leading candidate to become the next manager of the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle lost their head man Eric Wedge when he resigned in late September, effective at the end of the regular season.

Wotus, the current bench coach for Giants manager Bruce Bochy, is a perennial managerial candidate.  Last offseason he was linked with the Colorado Rockies – among other clubs recently, to varying degrees – and is highly regarded around the league.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the Mariners’ interest after the club was turned down by their former long-time manager Lou Piniella.

Wotus began his career with the Giants 25 years ago as a player for the now defunct Phoenix Firebirds.  He went on to serve as a manager in the San Francisco farm system before joining Dusty Baker’s staff in 1998 as the third base coach.

Wotus interviewed for the Giants’ head job before Bochy took over in 2006, and remained with the team after he wasn’t chosen, in his current role, which also includes defensive instruction.

“The process went well here and in San Diego,” Wotus said  in 2006 when the Giants hired Bochy, according to an article by Rich Draper back in November of that year, “and San Diego got to know what I believe in and what I’m all about. There’s a lot of qualified baseball people who would like to manage, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be interviewed.”

“I’m looking forward to it,” he continued, when asked about his future with the Giants. “There’s no reason to leave. I still believe in the organization and its people.”

“Bruce is a very outstanding manager and I’ll help him in any capacity. I have my responsibility, but I’ll be there for him.”

There is no telling at this point if Wotus, age 52, will leave to become the manager somewhere.  After two World Series titles on Bochy’s staff and a successful coaching career at every stop, it’s no wonder teams always come calling about the Giants’ bench coach.  Perhaps it’s time for Ron Wotus to become the skipper.

San Francisco fans no doubt wish him well wherever he ends up.

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