Tag:Don Baylor
Posted on: October 25, 2010 3:55 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 5:43 pm
 

Baylor in line to join D-Backs

Don Baylor
The day it became official that Don Baylor was not getting the managerial gig in Toronto, Don Baylor appears set to head to Phoenix as hitting coach for Kirk Gibson's Diamondbacks.

Baylor was replaced by Carney Lansford as hitting coach in Colorado on October 15. The former Rockies and Cubs manager was a candidate for the Blue Jays job, and despite several managerial jobs still being unfilled, the Denver Post reports that Baylor is poised to take the Arizona job. He will reportedly get a two-year contract.

Baylor was offered a "special assistant to the general manager" job with the Rockies, but enjoys the teaching part of baseball and isn't done being in uniform.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: It looks as if Gibson could be finishing up his coaching staff, as Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that former All-Star Charles Nagy is the favorite to become the Diamondbacks' pitching coach.

Nagy was the pitching coach for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, last season. He was pitching coach at the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City from 2006-07.

UPDATE: Gibson has added Alan Trammell as his bench coach, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert tweets -- so basically you've got a pretty good collection of players from the 80s and 90s all in one coaching staff (including first-base coach Eric Young).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:45 pm
 

The race to be bench coach

Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammell Now that Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson are settled in as permanent managers of the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, respectively, it's time for both skippers to find a right-hand man.

Gibson appears to be locking into Alan Trammell as bench coach as the Arizona Republic reports. The two played together from 1983-1987, when Gibson was the right fielder, and remain good friends. When Trammell was named manager of Detroit in 2003, he tapped Gibson as bench coach (pictured). Now, it appears the two will reunite in Arizona, just in the opposite jobs.

Trammell is coming off four years as bench coach with the Cubs, but Mike Quade is expected to bring in his own man.

In other coaching news, the Diamondbacks will hire either ex-Rockies and Cubs manager Don Baylor or ex-hitting coach Rick Down to be hitting coach. Baylor has served as hitting coach as well and was recently replaced in Colorado by Carney Lansford in that role. Down has been hitting coach six times for five teams, including twice with the Yankees.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, ex-Royals manager Trey Hillman seems poised to become Don Mattingly's bench coach, as MLB.com reports . Hillman knows Mattingly from Hillman's time managing in the Yankees farm system from 1990-2001.

While L.A. has yet to make any announcements, preferring to wait until all coaches are in the fold, Rick Honeycutt is expected to return as pitching coach along with Ken Howell as bullpen coach. Triple-A manager Tim Wallach, who lost out on the managerial gig to Mattingly, is interviewing for some positions as manager. If he doesn't nail any, he will become the third-base coach. Even if Wallach wins a manager job, Larry Bowa's time with the Dodgers is already assured to end.

There are three candidates to replace Mattingly as hitting coach: Jeff Pentland, Chili Davis and Manny Pota. Last is first-base coach as Mariano Duncan will not be returning, but there are no known candidates.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:29 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 8:10 pm
 

Jays' eyes on LCS coaches?

The Blue Jays will announce their new manager within a week of the end of the World Series, Toronto Star columnist Richard Griffin writes .

The list of those interviewed by the Blue Jays keeps growing (it's around 16 or so, it seems), but does that timing indicate Toronto is just dragging it out in order to get someone still involved in the playoffs?

Yankees third-base coach Rob Thomson has apparently been "in the mix" since the beginning, while other candidates include Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin. Before Game 3 of the Phillies-Reds series, Mackanin told CBSSports.com that he hadn't been contacted by anyone yet.

Thompson is a Canadian, which could help him in the hiring process, Griffin writes. The New York Post reports Thomson has been contacted by the Blue Jays to "break the ice."

Griffin also notes the Blue Jays will insist whoever takes the position keeps pitching coach Bruce Walton on their staff.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos has said the team will have a manager in place by the winter meetings in December.

UPDATE: Well, scratch that whole Thompson going back to Canada thing -- the Canadian Press reports Thompson, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, Jays Double-A manager Luis Rivera and Class A manager Sal Fasano have been told they've been eliminated from consideration.

Additionally, the Toronto Sun 's Bob Elliot spoke to Don Baylor, who has been told he's not longer in the running, either.

Right now, Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and DeMarlo Hale, the Red Sox bench coach, seem to be the front-runners.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 9:13 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:33 am
 

Rays' Martinez to interview in Toronto

Add Rays bench coach Dave Martinez to the list interviewing for the Blue Jays' position, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune . That would put the list at 15.

Here's the ever-growing list:
  • Don Baylor, age 61, fired Friday as Rockies hitting coach
  • Tim Bogar, 43, Red Sox third-base coach
  • Brian Butterfield, 52, Jays third-base coach
  • John Farrell, 48, Red Sox pitching coach
  • Sal Fasano, 38, Class A Lansing manager
  • DeMarlo Hale, 49, Red Sox bench coach
  • Nick Leyva, 57, Jays bench coach
  • Bob Melvin, 48, Mets pro scout
  • Rick Renteria, 49, Padres first-base coach
  • Ron Roenicke, 54, Angels bench coach
  • Luis Rivera, 46, manager, Double-A New Hampshire
  • Rob Thomson, 47, Yankees third-base coach
  • Bobby Valentine, 60, ESPN broadcaster
  • Eric Wedge, 42, hired by the Mariners
Martinez, 46, has been Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008. He also played for parts of 16 seasons with the Cubs, Expos, Reds, Giants, White Sox, Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays and Braves.

UPDATE: MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports (via Twitter ) that Sandy Alomar Jr. interviewed today for the third time. The fact that it's his third interview and his name hadn't surfaced among the 15 others means this is one wide, crazy search. Whoever the Jays end up hiring, it won't be without doing some homework.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:05 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:22 am
 

Jays denied permission to interview Wallach

The Dodgers have their new manager and don't seem to want the Blue Jays to be able to do the same.

Los Angeles denied the Blue Jays permission to interview Tim Wallach, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports .

According to Rosenthal, Wallach's contract with the Dodgers allows him to interview with certain teams -- certain other teams other than the Blue Jays.

Wallach did interview with the Brewers, apparently on his list.

Wallach, 53, has managed in the Dodgers' minor-league system the last four years, including the last two at Triple-A. He will be a coach on Don Mattingly's staff with the Dodgers next season if he doesn't get a manager's position elsewhere.

The Blue Jays have reportedly interviewed a long list of candidates, with Rosenthal adding one more, Padres first base coach Rick Renteria. Also reported to have interviewed or on the list to interview include Bobby Valentine, Bob Melvin, John Farrell, Tim Bogar, DeMarlo Hale, Don Baylor, Eric Wedge, Ron Roenicke, Luis Rivera, Bruce Butterfield and Nick Leyva.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Boston coaches interview with Toronto

DeMarlo Hale Add a couple more names into the pool of candidates for the Blue Jays' managerial position -- Red Sox coaches Tim Bogar and DeMarlo Hale.

According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com , Bogar and Hale have "undergone preliminary interviews" with the Blue Jays.

Bogar, third-base coach for the Red Sox, said he met with Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos and assistant GM Tony LaCava last week for 90 minutes.

"I tried to give them a sense of how I handle people and a ballclub," Bogar told McAdam. "It was kind of a 'get-to-know-me' thing -- who you are and what you're about."

Hale (pictured) was previously the team's third-base coach before moving to bench coach for the 2010 season.

The Jays are apparently trying to set a record for most interviews for a managerial position. The list of those interviewed or set to be interviewed includes Bobby Valentine, Don Baylor, Bob Melvin, Eric Wedge, Ron Roenicke, Luis Rivera, Bruce Butterfield and Nick Leyva.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:33 am
 

Farrell a candidate in Toronto

John Farrell Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell "has surfaced as a possible managerial candidate for the Blue Jays," Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports .

However, Elliott writes he doesn't know if Farrell has been interviewed.

Farrell, 48, has served as Terry Francona's pitching coach since 2006.

The Jays could interview as many as 15 candidates, it has been reported.

Former big-league managers Don Baylor, Eric Wedge and Bob Melvin have been interviewed.

Elliott's had fun throwing out names for the Blue Jays' job the last couple of days, throwing out Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin's name on Monday. I talked to Mackanin on Sunday and he said he hasn't gotten any calls from teams yet, and hasn't heard about any team hoping to interview him. Mackanin, a former interim manager in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, would be a good choice for any team, but would certainly fit in Toronto. A former Expos infielder, Mackanin's wife is Canadian.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 1:22 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:06 pm
 

Jays get permission to interview Roenicke

Ron Roenicke The Blue Jays have received permission to interview Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke for their managerial position, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes . Cito Gaston is retiring after the season.

Toronto has also received permission to interview Rockies bench coach Don Baylor and have interviewed former Diamondbacks and Indians manager Eric Wedge. Plunkett reporters former Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel, Yankees coach Rob Thompson and Jays coach Brian Butterfield are also candidates.

Roenicke served as the team's first base coach before moving to bench coach when Joe Maddon was hired as Tampa's manager. Roenicke interviewed with the Indians last fall.

Roenicke's nephew, Josh, is a reliever with the Blue Jays.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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