Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, here holding back Scott Hairston, was a player on the Florida Marlins in 1993 and '94 when Tigers president and GM Dave Dombrowski was general manager there. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)
Detroit — Now, meet No. 4.
Rick Renteria, the San Diego Padres bench coach, interviewed Thursday for the Tigers’ managerial opening.
He follows Lloyd McClendon, the Tigers hitting coach; Tim Wallach, the Los Angeles Dodgers third-base coach; and Brad Ausmus, a special adviser with the Padres.
It was immediately unclear if Renteria, 51, interviewed with president and GM Dave Dombrowski in Detroit; he recently has been unable to travel following offseason hip surgery.
Renteria has long-standing ties to Dombrowski. He played for the first two Florida Marlins teams, in 1993 and ’94, when Dombrowski was the team’s general manager. After his playing days, he also managed in the Marlins system, before moving to the Padres organization, where he also managed in the minor leagues.
Renteria also reportedly has talked to the Chicago Cubs about their opening, and is in the mix with the Seattle Mariners, as well.
McClendon and Wallach also have interviewed with the Mariners.
The Tigers still have no timetable for hiring a manager, though it’ll likely happen relatively soon — given that organization meetings get under way next week.
Dombrowski is very likely to talk to Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, too, before the search is complete, The News has learned. Lovullo’s Red Sox won the World Seires on Wednesday and have a celebratory “Duck Boat” parade Saturday, so a Friday interview in Detroit appears probable.
Tony Paul contributed to this report