Confirming an earlier report by CBSsports.com, Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach is a candidate for the Seattle Mariners’ managerial vacancy. Wallach has also interviewed for the Detroit Tigers’ managerial job.
Wallach wasn’t believed to be a candidate in Seattle as recently as yesterday, so that might not bode well for San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus, Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and Oakland A’s bench coach Chip Hale, all of whom interviewed for the job previously. However, CBSsports.com reports that the Seattle has a very long list of candidates to replace Eric Wedge, so the vetting process might be unfolding slowly by design.
At least one former Dodgers pitcher has endorsed Wallach for his hometown team:
Brandon League has had an interesting 2012 season. He began as the Seattle Mariners’ incumbent closer, coming off an All-Star season in which he recorded a career-high 37 saves.
The right-hander converted his first five save opportunities out of the Seattle ‘pen this year, then blew four of his next eight chances and lost the job in May to a rotating committee that finally settled on Tom Wilhelmsen. From then on League pitched the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings for the Mariners, including a couple save situations (he went 0-for-2).
That’s why League’s numbers weren’t eye-popping when the Dodgers announced they acquired him Monday night for Single-A outfielder Leon Landry and Double-A pitcher Logan Bawcom. League has an 0-5 record, a 3.63 earned-run average, nine saves in 46 games and 27 strikeouts in 44.2 innings –a 5.4 strikeouts/9 innings ratio.
With the Dodgers playing the first of two split-squad games Saturday, starter Nate Eovaldi tossed three scoreless innings and Matt Treanor hit his first home run of the season before an announced crowd of 8,507 at the Peoria Sports Complex. [box score]
After the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead on Treanor’s home run and an RBI groundout by Juan Uribe, the Mariners rallied for five runs off relievers Jamey Wright and Ronald Belisario. Wright gave up a long home run to Kyle Seager in two innings, and Belisario coughed up three hits, one walk, and four runs — three earned –in his lone inning of work.
The Dodgers rallied with three runs in the eighth inning off Seattle reliever Jeff Marquez.
Josh Fields finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, maintaining his lofty spring average at .636 (7 for 11). Trent Oeltjen went 1-for-4 and scored a pair of runs, and six other Dodgers collected one hit apiece. James Loney’s fourth-inning double was his first extra-base hit in eight spring at-bats.