By Ashley Dunkak
@AshleyDunkak

Just like he did in 2010, Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon applied for the managerial opening of the Seattle Mariners.

This time, it looks like he got it.

McClendon, who managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to 2005 before joining former Tigers manager  Jim Leyland’s staff in Detroit, also played in the big leagues from 1987 to 1994. The Seattle team McClendon stands to inherit went 71-91 this season.

With McClendon taking a new job, Detroit will be in the market for a new hitting coach. Under Leyland’s management and McClendon’s coaching, the Tigers amassed a collective batting average of .283 this season, the best of any MLB team.

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