SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants bench coach Ron Wotus interviewed last Friday for the Seattle Mariners' managerial vacancy, according to various reports.
Wotus' 16 years on the Giants' staff is the longest coaching tenure in franchise history. Since arriving in the Major Leagues under Dusty Baker in 1998, Wotus has been retained by managers Felipe Alou and Bruce Bochy. Though the fact that Wotus' career has spanned multiple managerial regimes and includes World Series triumphs in 2010 and '12, he has not materialized as a managerial candidate in recent years.
Wotus has interviewed for managerial jobs with the Pirates (who instead hired Lloyd McClendon after the 2000 season), Dodgers (Grady Little, '05), Giants (Bochy, '06) and Padres (Bud Black, '06). The Mariners are said to be considering as many as 10 preliminary candidates to replace Eric Wedge. Besides Wotus, other contenders for the job include A's bench coach Chip Hale, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria and Tigers hitting coach McClendon.
Wotus, 52, was initially cited as a candidate for the Mariners job by CBSSports.com. Before Wotus joined the Giants' Major League staff, he managed for seven years in the organization's Minor League system, posting a 554-412 record.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat.