The Seattle Mariners have settled on Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon for the ballclub’s next manager, the team announced Tuesday.

McClendon, 54, was the only candidate among Seattle’s reported interviewees with previous experience as a full-time big-league manager. He managed in Pittsburgh from 2001 to 2005, and then was mostly known across the rest of the major leagues for his base-stealing tirade as the Pirates floundered in mediocrity.

He joined the Tigers in 2006 and was named their hitting coach in 2007, serving under manager Jim Leyland during Detroit’s recent rise as an A.L. powerhouse. That’s all the MLB coaching experience for McClendon, who played eight years in the majors — mainly as a utility player — for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Tigers from 1987 through 1994.

The Mariners’ decision to hire McClendon was first reported Tuesday by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and subsequently confirmed by other news organizations including ESPN.

The Mariners announced McClendon’s hiring just after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“Lloyd is a bright and articulate guy,” M’s general manager Jack Zduriencik said in the team’s announcement. “He has major-league managerial experience and he has served in a vital capacity in Detroit under one of the game’s best managers. He is a tireless worker and is very respected by the players with whom he has worked. We look forward to Lloyd embracing our players as we move the Mariners forward.”

McClendon replaces former manager Eric Wedge, who helmed the Mariners for three years until deciding to forgo a contract extension at the end of the 2013 season. Wedge cited philosophical differences between him and team management, suggesting he clashed Zduriencik regarding the outlook for Seattle’s young ballplayers.

Wedge joined the Mariners before the 2011 season after he led a turnaround in Cleveland, where the Indians faced a similar situation with lots of young talent in need of major-league guidance. He was named A.L. Manager of the Year in 2007 after the Tribe went 96-66 and advanced to the ALCS, where they lost to the BoSox in seven games. He was fired after Cleveland dropped to 65-97 in 2009.