Source: M's to name A's bench coach Wakamatsu as manager

Updated: November 18, 2008, 11:38 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SEATTLE -- Don Wakamatsu has his first job as a major league manager, and it's not exactly an easy one.

Looking for new direction, the sunken Seattle Mariners picked Wakamatsu over several other inexperienced candidates in the hope that Oakland's bench coach can help them rebound from a 100-loss season.

After an extension search, which included seven interviews in four days, Wakamatsu was chosen as Mariners manager Tuesday, a source told ESPN's Peter Gammons.

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