Tag:Tim Wallach
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:38 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 8:20 pm

Report: Boston unlikely to hire a current manager

Ben CheringtonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Although there have been whispers about the Red Sox trying to hire Toronto manager John Farrrell to replace departed manager Terry Francona, the Boston Herald reports that it's a "longshot" the Red Sox would hire a current manager.

The Blue Jays changed a policy allowing its employees to interview for any opening, meaning Farrell won't be a candidate in Boston. But if the team isn't going to hire a sitting manager, that means the Rays' Joe Maddon, Padres' Bud Black and Indians' Manny Acta are out as well.

The Herald lists the Blue Jays' Don Wakamatsu, Dodgers' Tim Wallach, Indians' Sandy Alomar Jr., Phillies' Pete Mackanin, Brewers' Dale Sveum and Yankees' Tony Pena as possible candidates. Of those names, only Wakamatsu and Pena have held full-time managerial positions before. Mackanin has twice been an interim manager.

During his news conference on Tuesday, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters he expects to begin interview soon and has a list of candidates. He did say the team would like previous managerial experience, but wouldn't require it.

"Previous managerial experience would be a benefit, but we're not going to put ourselves in a box by requiring that," Cherington said. "We'll certainly consider those that have previous managerial experience, but also those who don't. We need the right person. I don't think we can afford to put ourselves in any sort of box in our effort to find the right person."

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 1:54 pm

Dodgers announce coaching staff

The Dodgers have finalized the coaching staff for Don Mattingly, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, and the first-year manager will have a lot of experience to lean on.

Trey Hillman, replaced as manager of the Royals midseason, will be Mattingly's bench coach. Davey Lopes, former Brewers manager and long-time coach with the Phillies, returns to the original team he played for, taking over as first-base coach. Veteran Jeff Pentland will be hitting coach, assisted by "hitting instructor" Dave Hansen, the former pinch-hitting specialist who has been Arizona's organizational hitting coordinator.

Rick Honeycutt remains as pitching coach, the position he's held since 2006. Ken Howell is the only other holdover, staying on as bullpen coach. Former major league player and minor-league manager Tim Wallach will be third-base coach.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 5:17 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 5:37 pm

Brewers' pitching coach up in the air

Ron Roenicke In kind of an interesting in retrospect kind of way, Brewers manager Doug Melvin (picutred, right) revealed the eight candidates he interviewed for the managerial job.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel , in addition to the man they did hire, Ron Roenicke (pictured, left), the team also considered Bobby Valentine, Bob Melvin, Joey Cora, Don Wakamatsu, Tim Wallach, Eric Wedge and Pat Listach.

Melvin -- the GM, not the candidate -- also said the Brewers never made an offer to Valentine, as was reported by several national reporters.

"It never got that far," Melvin said. "We did not make him an offer."

Haudricourt also said Melvin told him his new manager, Roenicke, will meet with the team's pitching coach Rick Peterson, who is under contract for next season. If the two don't hit it off, the Brewers could still make a change.

"I want to wait until Ron sits down with him and see what happens," Melvin said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 12:41 am

Valentine may be a finalist for Brewers' job

Bobby Valentine Bobby Valentine may be one of the mystery two candidates for the Brewers job, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets .

White Sox bench coach Joey Cora and former Mariners and Diamondbacks Bob Melvin are the two known of four finalists.

The final candidate may be Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke, who has reportedly interviewed with the team and is not on the list of those who have publicly said they've been told they're not finalists, such as Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach and Dodgers Triple-A manager Tim Wallach. Recently-hired Mariners manager Eric Wedge also reportedly interviewed for the job.

But the most important part is with Valentine in the mix, I get to look through more photos and find fun photos of Valentine in Japan and post them.
UPDATE: Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman writes that Valentine is indeed a finalist.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 5:58 pm

Brewers trim manager list to four

Bob Melvin The GM and managerial races are nearing an end, with many teams having either announced their new leaders or on the verge of doing so.

One such team is the Brewers, who narrowed the field of candidates to four after concluding the first round of interviews.

The list, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , is being kept confidential but GM Doug Melvin did reveal he interviewed eight candidates and plans to knock the list down to four.

"We're narrowing the names down," said Melvin. "There are a lot of qualified people out there, guys with major-league experience and some without major-league experience. We're getting close [to doing a second round]. It'll probably be four guys."

Melvin would not confirm any candidates that interviewed, but reports have listed six:
  • White Sox bench coach Joey Cora,
  • Nationals third base coach Pat Listach,
  • Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke,
  • Dodgers Triple-A manager Tim Wallach, who will coach third base for the Dodgers if not hired as manager elsewhere,
  • Eric Wedge, just hired to skipper Seattle, and
  • ex-Mariners and Diamondbacks skipper Bob Melvin (pictured), thought to be the favorite.
Given Melvin revealed he has interviewed eight, that leaves two others as unknowns. Bobby Valentine did speak with the team about the position, but it was informal and was not an actual interview. Melvin also spoke with Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, who he has already ruled out.

That's not to mention that the list above might be inaccurate.

"Some of the names [reported] are right and some aren't right," said Melvin. He did, however, add that there aren't any names under consideration that are currently involved in the postseason.

Melvin expects the process to take another seven to 10 days, meaning no decision will be made until after the World Series.

-- Evan Brunell

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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 18, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:34 am

Cora, Listach to interview in Milwaukee

Tuesday will be a busy day in Milwaukee, as both Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach and White Sox bench coach Joey Cora will interview for the manager position, Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel reports .

Bob Melvin, considered by most as the leading candidate for the job, will interview on Wednesday.

Bobby Valentine has also been mentioned as a candidate for the job. Tim Wallach has already interviewed, as has Eric Wedge, who was named the Mariners' new manager on Monday.

-- 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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