McClendon eager to face former club when Tigers visit

McClendon eager to face former club when Tigers visit

SEATTLE -- When the Mariners host the Tigers for a three-game series this weekend, it will mark the first time Lloyd McClendon faces his former team as Seattle's manager after spending 2006 as Detroit's bullpen coach and 2007-13 as its hitting coach.

Last October, McClendon interviewed to replace retiring manager Jim Leyland, but the club ended up hiring Brad Ausmus.

"It'll be fun to see a lot of friends and a lot of people I consider family," McClendon said. "That's always going to be special. I'm excited about that but I'm going to be trying to kick their [butt]."

McClendon said he had a "wonderful" eight years in Detroit and described the organization as "tremendous."

How's he going to pitch Miguel Cabrera?

"Very carefully," he said.

Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.