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I am John McLaren

Excerpts around the Web on John McLaren:

Newly signed Rays OF Rocco Baldelli / Toby Hall:

Baldelli was among three Rays veterans who gave glowing reviews of McLaren, who has spent the past 14 seasons working on Piniella?s coaching staff, from Cincinnati to Seattle to Tampa Bay. ?[McLaren] knows everybody,? said catcher Toby Hall. ?He knows who can come in in the eighth, he knows who can run and steal, he knows the personnel. He deserves it. Now that they?re down to the nitty gritty, he?s the right fit for our team. ?I?m just employee No. 44, but I?m backing him 110 percent because of the knowledge he has and the ability he has.?
Cincy 2003
Along with Miley, who went 22-35 as the Reds' interim manager after Bob Boone was fired July 28, the other finalists are former Chicago White Sox manager Jerry Manuel, Tampa Bay Devil Rays bench coach John McLaren and Pittsburgh Pirates director of player development Brian Graham