Lloyd McClendon

Baseball Manager

Lloyd McClendon was born in Gary, Indiana, United States on January 11th, 1959 and is the Baseball Manager. At the age of 65, Lloyd McClendon biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 11, 1959
United States
Place of Birth
Gary, Indiana, United States
65 years old
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Baseball Player
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Lloyd McClendon Life

Lloyd Glenn McClendon (born January 11, 1959) is an American former professional baseball player who is currently the bench coach for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

He played eight seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as an outfielder, and was manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to 2005 and Seattle Mariners from 2014 to 2015.


Lloyd McClendon Career

Playing career

McClendon played in the Little League World Series for his hometown Gary, Indiana, team, earning the nickname "Legendary Lloyd" after homering in five straight at bats. In fact, they were his only official at-baths, as opposed to any other plate appearance, the opposing coaches had him deliberately walked. McClendon's 1971 squad became the first all-African American team to reach the final stage of the LLWS. In 1977, he attended Roosevelt High School in Gary and graduated in 1977.

McClendon played collegiate baseball at Valparaiso University, not far from Gary. He had a batting average of.330 and accumulated 18 home runs and 73 runs batted in when Valparaiso was high. He twice received all-conference awards (1979 and 1980).

In the 8th round of the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft as a catcher, McClendon was drafted by the New York Mets as a catcher. He began his professional baseball with the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League. He was traded by the Cincinnati Reds with two other players in an effort to bring Mets legend Tom Seaver back to New York after the 1982 season.

McClendon's first season with the Waterbury Reds was the first season in which he played more than catcher, starting with third and first base. He stayed as a service guy for many seasons before finally breaking into the majors with the Reds in 1987.

McClendon made his major league debut on Opening Day in 1987 as a pinch hitter, but after a brief return to the minors with the Nashville Sounds in August, he spent the majority of the season with the Reds. He appeared in 45 games, mainly as a pinch hitter, but he also appeared in five other positions in the field (catcher, first base, third base, and left and right field).

McClendon was in 1988, but his playing time increased. He spent five positions on defense while still batting.219 in 72 games overall. Rolando Roomes, a outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, was traded to the Chicago Cubs late in the season.

In 1989, McClendon saw his best playing time during his major league career with the Cubs. He batted.286 with career highs in home runs with 12 runs batted in with 40 runs on 19 runs in a row, with mainly left field and first base. He also stole 6 bases, making him his career-best 47 runs and taking 6 bases.

McClendon struggled at the plate in 1990, but he did a good job with the Cubs in 49 games and batting an anemic.159. He was traded to the Pirates for a player who would be confirmed later in the season.

McClendon appeared in four games for the Pirates at the end of 1990, going 1-for-3 at the plate. He played for the Pirates from the 1994 season to the end of the season, but the bulk of his time was spent in the outfield. He batted.727 in five games of the 1992 National League Championship Series, totaling eight hits in eleven at-bats. It's the highest batting average in one season. He recovered to.286 in 1991 in 1991, but 1992 and 1993 saw him sink to.253 in 1992 and.221 in 1993. In 1994, he was hitting.239 when the season was interrupted by a player's strike, and after the season, he became a free agent.

McClendon was signed to a minor league with the Cleveland Indians in 1995. He was sent by the Buffalo Bisons after struggling to make the team out of spring training. He played 37 games, including his first games at third base since 1990. However, he never got a call from the majors and resigned after the season.

Coaching and managerial career

McClendon spent time as a hitting coach for the Pirates until he was fired after the 2000 season. He was the first African American manager or head coach of any of Pittsburgh's three major sports franchises at the time of his selection, ahead of the Steelers' recruitment of Mike Tomlin by six years. McClendon was in charge of the Pirates until he was fired on September 6, 2005. McClendon compiled a 336-446 record in his five seasons as Pirates' boss.

Jim Leyland was hired as the Detroit Tigers' head coach, bringing former footballer McClendon on board as Bullpen coach. He was promoted to hitting coach for the 2007 season, replacing former Pirates teammate Don Slaught. He changed his jersey number from 12 to 19 due to Gerald Laird's reversing his jersey number from 8 to 12.

Before Gene Lamont was promoted to the role as acting manager in the absence of Jim Leyland, the Tigers didn't have a formal bench coach.

In four of McClendon's seven seasons as the team's hitting coach, a Detroit player captured the American League batting championship in four of his seven seasons.

McClendon will be the next Seattle Mariners manager, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal on November 5, 2013. McClendon was the team's manager until November 7, according to general manager Jack Zduriencik.

The Mariners' first season as the team's manager produced an 87–75 record. The team's record represented an increase from 71–91 in 2013. The Mariners struggled and finished 76-86 in 2015; McClendon was fired on October 9, 2015. He led the way with 163 victories and 161 losses.

McClendon was hired as the head of the Detroit Tigers' Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens, on November 23, 2015. The Mud Hens struggled last season, finishing 68–76. McClendon later became the Tigers' new hitting coach on October 21, 2016.

McClendon was named the Tigers' hitting coach on October 21, 2016, a position he previously held with the team from 2007 to 2013. McClendon took over as the Tigers' bench coach on September 30, 2019. Following Ron Gardenhire's retirement, McClendon was appointed interim manager of the Tigers on September 19, 2020. A. J. Hinch was the team's new coach after the 2020 season, and McClendon was not retained on the coaching staff.

Following the promotion of Mud Hens manager Gary Jones to first base coach for the major league team, McClendon was hired by the Toledo Mud Hens on January 27, 2022.

McClendon has a tradition of contesting close calls on the diamond, and he has expressed his dissatisfaction with the Pirates' inability to receive fair calls from the umpires. "I'm positive it's nothing intentional on their part," he said during the 2002 season. I would certainly never doubt their legitimacy. But it's human nature to relax a little and take something for granted. We've been on this long, and I think umpires are able to lose our love for us and take us for granted. I've got to change it. If I'm kicked out of 100 games, I'm out of 100 games. I'll keep requesting a playing field that is equal to my players. I don't think it's wrong to insist that the umpires' best effort is every day.

McClendon's first base umpire, Rick Reed, received two questionable calls against his Pirates on June 26, 2001, during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. McClendon was the first baseman on the field to contest Jason Kendall's call. McClendon took first base and walked outside the dugout, where a batboy put a Pirate cap on top of it after being ejected from the game. The field crew updated the base with a new one rather than risking McClendon's wrath by retrieving the base. In the 12th inning, the Pirates rallied to win the game 7–6. The players mounted the base in their clubhouse the next day. McClendon's act of indignation earned the No. No. "Coaches Gone Wild" is the fourth spot on ESPN.com's "Coaches Gone Wild" list, which jokingly described it as an incident of "stealing" first.

McClendon showed signs of a desire to change this trend in 2005. "I don't like that being shown," the Washington Nationals' first base robbery replays were shown on the scoreboard, and he said, "I don't like it being displayed," he said. That's ridiculous to me. I'm not who I am. That's something that happened and it should be dealt with.

However, McClendon made national headlines after challenging the entire umpire crew after a few brief, questionable check-swing calls by Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez during the Mariners' game against the New York Yankees on June 2, 2015. Mike Zunino, the Mariners, expressed disappointment with Will Little's safe call on a check swing, resulting in Zunino's dismissal. McClendon first argued with home plate umpire Mike DiMuro before yelling his hat and running around the field to argue with every member of the umpiring crew.

Following their 2010 season, the Seattle Mariners interviewed McClendon, as well as several others for their managerial role, with Seattle ultimately choosing Eric Wedge. McClendon was interviewed by the Miami Marlins on October 30, 2012 as a candidate to replace Ozzie Guillén, who was suspended after a single season. However, the Marlins then fired Mike Redmond instead. McClendon was interviewed for the Tigers' managerial position on October 24, 2013, but Brad Ausmus took over the Tigers' managerial role. McClendon was in Seattle on November 3, 2013 for his second interview for the Mariners' managerial role. He was eventually hired by the Mariners as their next boss, beginning in the 2014 season.