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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