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Who could replace Wakamatsu?

Posted on: August 9, 2010 4:51 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 4:13 pm
Joey Cora A week after GM Jack Zduriencik said "Don's our manager ," repeatedly, Don is no longer manager.

Zduriencik fired Don Wakamatsu with less than two full season on the job Monday, stating he no longer had confidence in the skipper. To replace him, Triple-A manager Daren Brown has been summoned.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times runs through a list of potential replacements, starting with Bobby Valentine, who has been one of the hottest names on the market since returning from Japan. Valentine figures to enter into yet another dalliance with the Marlins in the offseason as well as look into the Cubs job and possibly the Dodgers one, should Joe Torre depart. Torre himself may have eyes on the Cubs job.

Joey Cora (pictured) is another name that has been bandied about as a manager-in-waiting for a while. He has strong ties to Seattle from his playing days and has an apprenticeship under Ozzie Guillen.

Other names include Bryan Price and John Farrell, both pitching coaches. Teams have long been leery of hiring managers with pitching as their base, but the success of Bud Black is starting to change that perception. Farrell has long been a favorite of Zduriencik but turned down an opportunity to interview two years ago in the vacancy Wakamatsu eventually filled.

While Price -- currently Dusty Baker's pitching coach for the Reds, another name that may throw his hat in the Mariners ring -- would likely jump at the chance to interview, Farrell seems rather committed to staying in Boston and waiting out Terry Francona's tenure. However, Francona's deal runs through 2011 with two club options and Farrell's patience may eventually run thin.

There are plenty of other candidates, and there figures to be plenty of competition for managers in the offseason. After all, as many as half of all baseball teams may have skippers in their first full season at the helm to start 2011.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: August 10, 2010 1:16 am

Who could replace Wakamatsu?

This is truly an ignorant comment. Moron.

Since: Aug 25, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2010 12:17 am

Who could replace Wakamatsu?

First off it is a known fact that Griffey is lactose intolerant which causes a person to have weaker bone structure hence the injuries. Second, there has never been one whisper of Griffey using steroids and he never failed a drug test during his 22 years in the major leagues. Third, players use steroids to recover from injuries, if Griffey was using steroids wouldn't it naturally cause him to be healthier and more productive in his later years like Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Sosa, etc. You are a complete moron Barak, Griffey was one of MLBs lone bright spots in the steriod era, He was a legitimate superstar that was able to put up unbelievable numbers against a bunch of other cheating frauds. There is no doubt he is a top 5 OF of all time and in the conversation as a top 10 baseball player of all time. Get your facts straight before you slander someone who did it the right way. MORON

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2010 9:57 pm

Who could replace Wakamatsu?

Bozo the clown? Lassie the dog? freddy krueger? just to name a few worthy candidates

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2010 9:01 pm

Who could replace Wakamatsu?

Actually, all the injuries--and particularly Griffey's inabliity to bounce back from them quickly--strongly suggest he never used steroids.  His career followed the pre-steroid trajectory: more injuries, fewer home runs, a slow (and then not so slow) dimunition of skills.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:31 pm

Who could replace Wakamatsu?

I would never work for a guy whose name I could not spell or pronounce and might be a communist. Don got shafted by the Mariners like the Mariners have been shafting it's fan for so many years. Signing Ken Griffey Jr....a washed up wannabe steroid abuser (if he didn't use steroids then why all the freak injuries?) was a sign that the new regime was going down the same path as the old one. The path is called the road to incompetence.

Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:18 pm

Who could replace Wakamatsu?

What (self-respecting) manager would want to work under Zduriencik, after seeing the way he's treated Wakamatsu?  Let's wait for Zduriencik to be canned after the season, then we can talk about new managers...

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