ATLANTA -- After a couple of weeks of deliberation, Terry Pendleton has come to the conclusion that it's in his best interest to remain with the Braves.
During a Tuesday afternoon phone conversation, Pendleton announced that he'd removed himself as a candidate to become the Nationals' manager. He revealed this to Nationals general manager Jim Bowden on Monday.
Pendleton and former Marlins manager Joe Girardi were both believed to be top candidates for the vacant position. But both took themselves out of the running on Monday.
"I felt my obligation at this time was to the Braves," Pendleton said. "I felt they really wanted me back, and it wasn't fair to keep them on a string."
Soon after making the call to Bowden, Pendleton informed Braves general manager John Schuerholz of his decision.
Pendleton, the 1991 National League Most Valuable Player, has served as the Braves hitting coach since the beginning of the 2002 season. His return to serve in that role maintains some stability to a coaching staff that has recently lost Fredi Gonzalez, Pat Corrales and Bobby Dews.
Over the past few weeks, Pendleton was intrigued by the possibility of landing his first managerial position. But at the same time, he labored with the idea of spending a large portion of his time away from his family, which has resided in Atlanta since he began playing for the Braves in 1991.
As the weeks progressed, Pendleton got a sense that it would be in his best interest to stay in Atlanta. The Nationals prolonged the interview process, and according to one report, were willing to wait until December before making a decision.
Braves manager Bobby Cox remains under contract through the end of the 2007 season and could possibly remain in that role even longer. But whenever he chooses to retire, Pendleton will likely be one of the top candidates for the vacated position.
Cox's coaching staff for the 2007 season will consist of: Pendleton (hitting coach), Roger McDowell (pitching coach), Glenn Hubbard (first base coach), Chino Cadahia (bench coach), Eddie Perez (bullpen coach) and Brian Snitker (third base coach).
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.