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Posted: Monday, November 10, 2008 9:07 pm | Updated: 10:19 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Seattle seems to have a good feeling about the strength of the Diamondbacks organization.

D-Backs third-base coach Chip Hale is to interview in Seattle today with new Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik for the team’s vacant manager’s position.

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The Mariners interviewed D-Backs assistant general manager Peter Woodfork and director of player personnel Jerry Dipoto for the general manager job before hiring Zduriencik two weeks ago.

“It’s a tribute to this organization with what we’ve done the last couple of years,” Hale said, deflecting credit. “It’s going to be an exciting process. There are a lot of good names in there.”

Seattle began the managerial interview process by speaking Monday to Boston bench coach Brad Mills, like Hale a product of the University of Arizona.

Other candidates are said to include White Sox bench coach Joey Cora, Boston third-base coach DeMarlo Hale, St. Louis third-base coach Jose Oquendo, Oakland bench coach Don Wakamatsu and Triple-A manager Randy Ready.

Hale has been Melvin’s third-base coach for the last two seasons after managing at Triple-A Tucson in 2004-06, winning the Triple-A championship in 2006.

“I’m in a great situation here,” said Hale, who still lives in Tucson in the offseason.

“You’d obviously like to see what the situation is” in Seattle. “In this game, the manager-general manager relationship is so important.”

Hale, 43, had great success as manager at several levels in the D-Backs organization.

Hale, who joined the organization in 2000, was the Pioneer League manager of the year in 2001 at Missoula, when he also won Baseball America’s Rookie level manager of the year award.

He guided Double-A El Paso to the best record in the Texas League in 2002 before being taking over in Tucson in 2004. His 220 victories and .542 winning percentage are franchise highs.

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