Tag:Jose Oquendo
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 8:29 pm

Manager interviews finishing for Cubs, Cards, Sox

Sandy Alomar Jr.By C. Trent Rosecrans

The interviews, it seems, are done for the three managerial openings. The Cubs, Cardinals and Red Sox are all done with their first round of interviews and it appears the hirings could come relatively soon.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the Cardinals' next manager will come from one of the six candidates the team interviewed. The Cardinals interviewed former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, Ryne Sandberg, third base coach Jose Oquendo, former Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny, Triple-A manager Chris Maloney and White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing.

"I'm fairly confident that it will," Mozeliak told Goold when asked if the team's next manager would come from that list.

That does not mean there will not be further questions asked of any of those six, but it doesn't appear that a surprise candidate will emerge.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer wasn't quite as definitive about his team's next manager coming from the list of four interviews that they have already conducted.

"I wouldn't guarantee that it is (the entire list), but we feel really good about the four guys we brought in," Hoyer told MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. "We had four very good interviews. I wouldn't rule out an additional candidate, but it's not a certainty."

The team interviewed Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. on Friday. It has also interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.

The "additional candidate" could be Francona. Hoyer said Theo Epstein has already talked to Francona, and with the history between the two, a formal interview wouldn't be a necessity. There's also Rays manager Joe Maddon, who was the other finalist when Epstein hired Francona in Boston. Maddon's resume would certainly make an interview unnecessary, although the Cubs would have to work out a deal with the Rays for compensation -- something they've still been unable to accomplish with the Red Sox.

As far as Francona's successor in Boston, Alomar, Sveum and Mackanin have already interviewed with the Red Sox. Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo interviewed on Friday and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont will interview on Saturday. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters after Louvullo's post-interview news conference that the team had no plans on bringing in additional candidates after interviewing Lamont on Saturday. He also added that the team had not been formally turned down by another other organization when seeking permission to interview candidates.

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Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:25 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:09 pm

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

FranconaBy Evan Brunell

The Cardinals begin a 10-day process to find Tony La Russa's successor as manager, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona will be among those interviewed, as will former Cubs great Ryne Sandberg, who was passed up for the Cubs job last season and will not be considered this year. The Cardinals received permission from Sandberg's employer, the Phillies, to interview for the Cardinals opening. Also joining Francona in interviews is longtime St. Louis third-base coach Jose Oquendo, who would be the best internal replacement.

Sources also say GM John Mozeliak will interview St. Louis Triple-A Chris Maloney, minor-league instructor and former Cardinal catcher Mike Matheny and White Sox coach Joe McEwing. Rays manager Joe Maddon is apparently not in play, with sources saying the club has not asked permission to interview Maddon. Maddon's bench coach, Dave Martinez, also has not received an invitation, although that could change. What Mozeliak will prioritize, along with chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., as the head the search committee, will be a good working relationship with Mozeliak and a track record of player development.

The Cards are hoping to name their manager by Nov. 14's GM meetings, which is a more aggressive timetable than Boston has laid out for its own search. The Red Sox have interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers bench coach Dale Sveum, the latter interviewing on Wednesday. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington wants a new manager by Thanksgiving. Cubs GM Theo Epstein fired Mike Quade on Wednesday, so he is entering his own search as well.

"They know what they're doing," outgoing manager Tony La Russa said on Wednesday, saying he would only offer his opinion if asked. "I expect they'll make a sound choice."

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Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:16 pm

Potential replacements for La Russa

By Matt Snyder

It's back to reality in St. Louis. The Cardinals got to bask in the glory of their World Series championship for a few days, culminating with a parade Sunday afternoon. Afterwards, manager Tony La Russa told the players he's retiring. Monday morning, the move was announced in a press conference at Busch Stadium.

So it's back to business for general manager John Mozeliak. Here are a few names that might be considered -- or at least names that people might be throwing around the rumor mill in the next few days:

Terry Francona - It feels like he's got to be the immediate front-runner, though this is only speculation. Francona won two pennants and two World Series championships in eight seasons for the Red Sox, piling up a .574 winning percentage despite playing in the toughest division in baseball. He needed to get out of Boston and he did, but that doesn't mean he's averse to another job immediately.

Joe Maddon - Maddon took over the embarrassment that was the Devil Rays back in 2006. In 2008 they were just the Rays and playing in the World Series. These Rays are a perennial contender and Maddon's as much a part of that as anyone. There's no question Maddon is one of the best managers in baseball, but would he leave Tampa Bay? If Mozeliak wants Maddon, he needs to sell Maddon on the difference in experience between Tampa Bay's financial woes, low fan support and awful facilities to what he'd get in St. Louis.

La Russa retires
Terry Pendleton - He played the first seven years of his career for the Cardinals (1984-1990), was the Braves' hitting coach from 2001-2010 and is currently the Braves' first-base coach. Pendleton has been connected to Cardinals via rumors in the past (when La Russa was reportedly mulling retirement) and has also been reportedly considered to be named the manager of both the Nationals and Braves at different times. He seems like one of those guys on the cusp of getting his first shot, so maybe it happens here.

Bobby Valentine - Hey, there's a managerial opening, so we have to throw Valentine's name in the ring, right? I actually think it's a rule, so don't blame me for falling in line.

Ryne Sandberg - Sandberg is probably closer to getting his first shot than Pendleton, but both the Red Sox and Cubs are likely strongly considering him. It would be another slap in the face to the rival Cubs if the Cardinals hired the Hall of Famer (he played the overwhelming majority of his career for the Cubs -- just a heads-up to those historically challenged), but should that even be a consideration in the hiring process?

Jose Oquendo - Another former Cardinals player, the versatile Oquendo was with St. Louis from 1986-1995. He has been the Cardinals' third-base coach since 2000 and has interviewed for several other managerial openings. Oquendo also served as the manager for Puerto Rico in each of the first two World Baseball Classics.

Jim Riggleman - Riggleman played in the Cardinals' minor-league system and also managed at both the Class-A and Double-A levels for the Cardinals back in the early 1980s. He's a very highly respected baseball man, but his track record as a manager isn't sparkling. He's managed 12 seasons and made the playoffs just once (the 1998 Cubs, who had to win a one-game playoff to take the wild card). Also, the manner in which he resigned this past season from the Nationals' managerial post can't leave teams pining to hire Riggleman.

Joe Torre - Um, yeah, he's not going to manage anymore. Don't waste your time even thinking about this one.

Dave Duncan - The best pitching coach in the game is too valuable in his current role. Plus, not many pitching coaches make a successful transition to manager. I can't see the Cardinals taking this route.

Mark McGwire - One year of being a hitting coach doesn't mean he's ready to be a big-league manager. There are so many more qualified guys to have the manager job, I don't see Big Mac even being a consideration.

Albert Pujols - Hey, the White Sox considered Paul Konerko as a player-manager, right? And what better way to afford Pujols than to give him the salaries for both the manager and a superstar first baseman. Plus, he's been calling hit-and-run for years! (This is a joke, by the way. Pujols is not going to be even considered).

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 9:12 pm

Mets have four managerial finalists

Mets third-base coach Chip Hale has been told he's a finalist for the managerial position, Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets .

Previously there had been reports that the Mets were down to two finalists for their managerial opening, Bob Melvin and Terry Collins. Public opinion to those reports haven't been positive.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson interviewed Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo on Monday. The team has also interviewed Dave Jauss, Wally Backman, DeMarlo Hale and Don Wakamatsu.

UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com quotes Alderson as saying the opening round of interviews is done.

"We hope to bring back several candidates over the balance of this week," Alderson said. "If everything goes as we hope, we could have the second round completed by the end of the week. There won’t need to be a Round 3. … I would say right now that it’s very possible we’d have a manager announced by Thanksgiving."

UPDATE: Backman will also get a second interview, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News tweets .

UPDATE: The Mets have confirmed they're down to the four finalists: Hale, Melvin, Collins and Backman.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 4:10 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 5:34 pm

Mets search down to two: Collins, Melvin

Despite Jose Oquendo interviewing for the Mets' manager's job tomorrow, it appears that the team is down to two -- Terry Collins and Bob Melvin, the New York Times reports .

Clint Hurdle interviewed for the job, but is apparently headed to Pittsburgh. Ken Oberkfell interviewed on Friday, but the Times writes "neither Oberkfell nor Oquendo are considered serious contenders for the job."

The Mets have also interviewed Chip Hale, Dave Jauss, Wally Backman, DeMarlo Hale and Don Wakamatsu.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 9:21 pm

Report: Mets could be down to Collins, Melvin

The New York Times reports that Terry Collins and Bob Melvin are getting second interviews for the Mets managerial job, and that those could be the only invitations extended.

Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle is another candidate the Mets like, but he's reported to be the top choice for the only other remaining opening, in Pittsburgh. A report Saturday said the Pirates are pushing to get that deal done, and at this point a sure thing with the Pirates might look better to Hurdle than a 1-in-3 shot with the Mets.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson interviewed Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell on Saturday and is scheduled to meet with Cardinals bench coach Jose Oquendo on Monday, but neither of those appear to be serious candidates. Five other candidates were interviewed but are thought to have been eliminated.

It should be interesting to see which way the Mets would go between Collins and Melvin, who have very different styles. Melvin is an analytical type who seems to fit the mold of Alderson and his recent front-office hires, but Collins, named in several reports as the front-runner, has a fiery personality that might suit the current Mets team better.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:55 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 9:56 pm

Mets to interview Oquendo

We keep hearing that the Mets' managerial search is winding down, but then it keeps winding back up. Friday morning there was a report that the field had been narrowed to three "leading candidates": Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Clint Hurdle.

However, the Mets aren't even done with the first round of interviews yet. On Friday afternoon, Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is scheduled to interview with the team on Monday. The Mets reached out to the Cardinals this week for permission to interview Oquendo.

"Managing in the big leagues is something I hope to do. The opportunity to interview with the Mets is exciting," Oquendo said.

Oquendo, 46, has been St. Louis manager Tony La Russa's third-base coach for 11 seasons. He previously has interviewed for managerial jobs in Seattle and San Diego.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 2:17 pm

Mets narrowing manager search

Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle and Bob Melvin are the Mets' "leading candidates" for their open managerial position, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports .

Rubin says current third-base coach Chip Hale could be called back for another interview, while Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo could get an interview.

Hurdle has also interviewed for the still-vacant Pirates job, and appears to be the favorite there.

The Mets have already interviewed Dave Jauss, Don Wakamatsu, DeMarlo Hale and Wally Backman.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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