As Baseball United gears up for the first games in league history, they are working toward finding pieces on the bench and in the front offices of their franchises. On Monday, the Dubai Wolves filled two of those openings.
First, the Wolves announced that part owner Felix Hernandez will be the honorary GM of the franchise and will be part of the process leading to the dispersal draft on September 19. They also announced their first manager, former major league skipper John McLaren.
Baseball United forms solid group for Dubai Wolves
Hiring McLaren reunites him with his former player. He had been the Mariners’ manager in 2007 and 2008, helping oversee a young Hernandez as he began his ascent into stardom. A long time coach and manager, McLaren has traveled the world in his journey in the game. He has made stops in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Belarus, and throughout Latin and South America. His wealth of knowledge will certainly help the Wolves as they begin their Baseball United journey.
Hernandez has a very storied history in the majors. One of the better pitchers of his era, he posted a 169-136 record with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.206 WHiP over his 2729.2 innings, striking out 2524 batters with 805 walks. He was a six time All Star and the 2010 AL Cy Young winner, twice finishing as the runner-up. He was easily one of the greatest players in Mariners’ history, one of the true greats.
This combination should work wonders for the Wolves. McLaren is the right type of manager to teach the game and help develop their players. Hernandez, meanwhile, was one of the best pitchers of his time and should be able to help develop and scout their arms. The Wolves appear to be in good hands going forward.
Baseball United has announced the brain trust for the Dubai Wolves. Felix Hernandez and John McLaren are a great start.