Tag:Don Wakamatsu
Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:02 pm
 

Backman to get another interview

Former Mets second baseman Wally Backman will get a second interview for the team's open managerial position, the Record reports .

Backman, who was the manager of the New York-Penn League Brooklyn Cyclones last season, was one of five internal candidates the Mets have already interviewed. Chip Hale, Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss were the first group to interview with the team.

On Tuesday, the team met with DeMarlo Hale and will meet Clint Hurdle and Don Wakamatsu. General manager Sandy Alderson said the team will also talk to Ken Oberkfell, the manager of the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, either Thursday or Friday in the Dominican Republic, where he is managing a winter league team. Alderson added there may be addition candidates interviewed this weekend.

"I have been very pleased with the conversations," Alderson said. "As far as a timetable is concerned, we certainly want to have a manager by the winter meetings. It would be helpful to have it done by the end of the month and a logical deadline is Thanksgiving. I'm not sure we're going to make that."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:28 am
 

Samuel could choose Phillies over O's


Orioles manager Buck Showalter is back to the drawing board in his hunt for a bench coach now that Don Wakamatsu has chosen Toronto as his fall-back position if he doesn't get the Mets job. He also is without a third-base coach as he waits for a decision from Juan Samuel.

Samuel was interim manager for 51 games last season before he lost out to Showalter for the permanent gig. He's been invited to return to his old job as third-base coach, though the prospect of going back after sitting in the big chair has to be awkward. And an attractive opportunity has arisen that might be a more attractive option. Davey Lopes left as Phillies first-base coach, and Samuel has ties to the team, having played seven years in Philadelphia.

The Phillies haven't offered Samuel the job, but it at least looks like his return to Baltimore is in doubt.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 4:28 pm
 

Blue Jays fill out coaching staff

Don Wakamatsu
Don Wakamatsu has accepted another gig, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's out of the running to manage the Mets.

The Blue Jays announced that the former Mariners manager will be John Farrell's bench coach. He has been identified as a candidate with the Mets, and also reportedly had an offer to be Buck Showalter's bench coach in Baltimore.

Speculation is that the Jays, who have a policy of not blocking employees from seeking better jobs with other teams, probably gave Wakamatsu an opt-out provision should be offered the Mets job. It is believed that Wakamatsu has not yet interviewed with New York.

The Blue Jays also announced three other coaching appointments. Former Jays great Pat Hentgen will be bullpen coach, his first professional coaching job. Torey Lovullo, who was Triple-A manager for the Red Sox, Farrell's previous employer, will be first-base coach. Dwayne Murphy was retained as hitting coach, and will be entering his second season in that role.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2010 7:57 pm
 

Mets to interview Hale


CSNNE.com reports that Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale is among the candidates who will be interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening.

Hale interviewed for the same job in Toronto, finishing second, according to some reports, to fellow Red Sox coach John Farrell. Hale has extensive managerial experience in the minor leagues but has not managed in the majors.

Terry Collins is reported to be a strong candidate for the Mets job, and Don Wakamatsu also appears to be a candidate.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:12 pm
 

Wakamatsu a wanted man

Don Wakamatsu Don Wakamatsu is suddenly a hot commodity.

The Blue Jays are making a "hard push" for Wakamatsu to join new manager John Farrell as his bench coach, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets . He notes Wakamatsu interviewed in Toronto on Thursday.

The Orioles have already reportedly made an offer to Wakamatsu to be their bench coach.

Rosenthal notes he could still talk to the Mets about their managerial position if he takes the Blue Jays' job. The Mets are expected to interview external candidates beginning next week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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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: November 2, 2010 10:03 am
 

Mets haven't started manager search

The Mets have their general manager in Sandy Alderson, but their choice of a field manager may still take some time, as the team has yet to schedule any interviews, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports.

Martino's list of candidates include Wally Backman, Chip Hale, Ken Oberkfell, Bob Melvin, Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, Lee Mazzilli, Pete Mackanin and Don Wakamatsu.

Alderson said he wants to hire a manager within 30 days.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 12:24 pm
 

Wakamatsu expected to join O's

Don Wakamatsu Former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu will be the Orioles' bench coach if he doesn't find a manager's job, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli tweets .

Ghiroli says the Orioles are waiting to announce Buck Showalter's entire coaching staff until Wakamatsu finds out if he's out of the running for the available manager's jobs (a note to Don, you are.)

Wakamatsu was fired as the Mariners' manager in August.

The Orioles have already agreed to two-year contracts with hitting coach Jim Presley and bullpen coach Rick Adair. Mark Connor is expected to be the Orioles' pitching coach.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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