Tag:Managerial news
Posted on: July 21, 2010 4:15 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:30 pm

Sandberg: 'I am ready'

Ryne Sandberg Ryne Sandberg is apparently not going to play coy. He wants to be the next manager of the Cubs.

Appearing on a radio show in Chicago, Sandberg did not mince words when asked whether he is prepared to take over when Lou Piniella retires at the end of the year. The Hall of Fame second baseman is managing the Cubs' Triple-A team.

"I am ready. I sure am. [After] four years of managing at the minor league level, I'm ready for a major league job, and I'm ready to win," Sandberg said. "The reason I went this route was to manage, not to coach.

"There is a lot to managing, and with almost four years under my belt, I believe I'm ready. I'm not interested in on-the-job learning or on-the-job training. At this point, I'm interested in winning ballgames at the major league level."

Given the disappointment surrounding the Cubs, and his legendary status among Cubs fans, Sandberg has to be considered the front-runner for the job. But general manager Jim Hendry told reporters Wednesday that he's not rushing into anything.

"One of the advantages of the way we're doing it, and with Lou announcing that he was going to retire, is that we're going to take our time," Hendry said. "This process is going to take a couple of months. ... It will be a long and very intense search. A lot of people will be considered."

A source told ESPNChicago.com that the Cubs will interview former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, who has a history with Hendry. Gonzalez has been rumored to be the favorite to replace the retiring Bobby Cox in Atlanta.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:30 pm

Is Sandberg next Cubs manager?

Now that Lou Piniella has announced he will retire at season's end, who is next to manage the Cubs?

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has a quick list of candidates : Ryne Sanberg, Joe Girardi, Bob Brenly, Joe Torre and Alan Trammell.

Girardi is the longest of shots, there is little reason for the former Cubs catcher to leave the Yankees for Chicago's North Side. The Cubs can't offer him more money or a better chance to win. Girardi will likely manage the Cubs at some point down the line, but it won't be in 2011.

Torre, Sullivan writes, is a real possibility. His contract with the Dodgers runs out after the season.

Brenly is in the Cubs' broadcast booth, and that job is less stressful and has a better prognosis for long-term employment. Brenly managed the Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series title and was 303-262 in parts of four seasons. He was let go after a 29-50 start in 2004.

Trammell is the current Cubs bench coach and has managed the Tigers and is liked by Jim Hendry, Sullivan reports. Trammell was 186-300 in three seasons with the Tigers from 2003-05.

Sandberg is the likely choice. He would create excitement among an aggravated fanbase, is a Cubs legend, understands what he's getting into and has also paid his dues in the minor leagues in a way many Hall of Famers would see as beneath them.

Sandberg is currently managing Triple-A Iowa and has also managed Class A Peoria and Double-A Tennessee.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:24 pm

News flash: O's still haven't hired Showalter

Buck Showalter Just in case you thought you missed the Orioles' announcement of Buck Showalter as their new manager, you haven't.

Despite a highly-public interview process, the Orioles still haven't announced their next manager, leaving the team and interim manager Juan Samuel in limbo.

It's been assumed Showalter's the guy, especially since Bobby Valentine dropped out to not become the Marlins manager, for weeks.

As the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec points out , today marks six weeks since Dave Trembley was fired and that the Orioles have "zeroed in" on Showalter and met with him in Dallas last week. Zrebiec said the Orioles' Andy MacPhail was "almost incredulous that the process is being questioned by fans and reporters."

"It's not dragging," MacPhail told Zrebiec about the search. "Again, there is no timetable here. It's not like the barn is on fire right now. The players are doing a nice job for Juan. I just think that kind of [talk] is just wrong."

MacPhail denied a report Showalter -- or whoever the new manager is -- could start as early as this weekend.

Zrebiec also quotes a source as saying Samuel could continue as the team's interim manager into August, after the trade deadline, and MacPhail acknowledged his focus is more on the deadline than the Showalter coronation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 11:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:22 pm

Diamondbacks clean house, fire Hinch and Byrnes

A.J. Hinch The Arizona Diamondbacks have had enough with the team's chronic underperforming and pulled the plug Thursday on its GM and manager. With a 31-48 record so far on the year, general manager Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch (pictured, right) were given their walking papers according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports adds that Kirk Gibson of World Series fame will replace Hinch. Gibson served as bench coach for the Tigers from 2003 to midway 2005 when he became the hitting coach. He joined Arizona as bench coach in 2007.

Hinch was fired midway into his first full season as manager after replacing Bob Melvin in 2009 and going 58-75 the rest of the way. He had moved down from the front office to take over the role just five years after his final playing days with Philadelphia.

Byrnes is one of the brightest young minds in the game but was let go despite a contract running through the 2015 season. He was first hired in November 2006 after serving as Boston's assistant general manager. He oversaw the exit of Arizona from financial turmoil into one of the brightest young teams in the majors -- but the team could never figure out how to get over the hump.

Byrnes and Hinch were derided for their belief in "organizational advocacy," with the hiring of Hinch seen as further evidence that Byrnes had near-unparalleled financial control.

Now he has none.

UPDATE : Nightengale reveals that Jerry DiPoto is the new GM. DiPoto was a scout for the Red Sox beginning in 2003, then moved to be the head of the scouting department for Colorado in 2005 before joining Byrnes in Arizona as director of scouting.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:04 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:24 pm

Valentine tells O's no thanks, prefers Miami

Current ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine tells ESPN (shocker) that he's withdrawn his name from consideration for the managing position in Baltimore, but would like a shot at taking the helm of the Marlins.

"I am honored and flattered that the Orioles reached out with this potential opportunity, but at this time in my career, I feel I should direct my energies in another direction," Valentine said.

Apparently that direction is south -- or somewhere with better pitching. According to the article, Valentine and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria have been friends for 20 years and they have talked about Valentine's interest in managing the club.

Edwin Rodriguez, the Marlins' Triple-A manager, is the team's interim manager.

Another ESPN employee, Buck Showalter, also shouts down the hall that he wants out of Connecticut and that he's interviewing for the Orioles gig today. Eric Wedge has also interviewed.

UPDATE: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal Tweets the Marlins are "moving fast" to interview Velentine and there are other external candidates.

UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly reports Showalter met with Orioles owner Peter Angelos and president Andy McPhail for about three hours on Wednesday.

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Connolly's back, reporting former Oriole and current broadcaster Rick Dempsey is expected to get an interview and Wedge will have a second interview to meet with Angelos, but neither has been scheduled.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:24 pm

Orioles seeking experienced manager

Davey Johnson The Baltimore Orioles are making previous managerial experience a priority in their search for a new manager.

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports that the Orioles have bandied around former Orioles manage Davey Johnson's name, but an interview may not happen. Heyman says that Johnson is happy in his current position as an advisor with the Nationals and as manager of USA baseball, while some Orioles officials feel that it is not appropriate to look to the past as a solution.

Johnson helmed the Orioles during their glory days in 1996 and 1997, compiling a cumulative 186-136 record. He won the World Series as manager of the Mets in 1986. He hasn't managed in the majors since a two- year stint with the Dodgers ending in 2000.

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has interviewed former Indians manager Eric Wedge and former Mets manager Bobby Valentine in a search MacPhail says may take the entire season or longer. MacPhail is also expected to interview Mets scout Bob Melvin, formerly of the Mariners and Diamondbacks. Buck Showalter will also speak to MacPhail.

Valentine has been one of the most sought-after managers in recent years after returning from a successful stint as manager of the Chiba-Lotte Marines from 2004-09. He has 13 years experience managing in the majors and took the Mets to the World Series in 2000. He has turned down other managing opportunities and seems to be waiting for the right situation. MacPhail admits that may not be Baltimore.

"Let's be honest, I'm not sure this gig's for everyone," MacPhail told Heyman. "We may have more interest in some guys than they have in us.''

Melvin and Showalter may not be as picky. Melvin was expected to be the successor to Jerry Manuel in New York before the Mets' recent turnaround that sees them a half-game out of first place, but Melvin certainly wants to get back into managing and was a catcher back from 1989-91 with the O's.

Showalter is an accomplished manager with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers on his resume. His tenure with the Yankees proved he can build up a team in a big city with George Steinbrenner breathing down his neck. He also has experience assembling a team from the ground up, being Arizona's first manager. Unfortunately for Showalter, his final year with both teams was the year prior to each team (1996 for New York, 2001 for Arizona) winning the World Series.

"He got the Yankees going, and he got Arizona going,'' a baseball executive pointed out to Heyman. "He's known as a control freak. But maybe they need some control over there.''

The Orioles are currently 30 games under .500 at 18-48 and are on pace to lose 118 games. Whoever takes the O's over will have quite a tall task on their hands, albeit with clear talent. Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman are future frontline starters while the offense boasts Adam Jones and Matt Wieters among its young nucleus.

-- Evan Brunell

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