Tag:Managerial news
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:53 am

Reinsdorf confims Guillen story

Jerry Reinsdorf
It sounded outlandish three weeks ago when the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the White Sox had been willing to let manager Ozzie Guillen bolt for the Florida Marlins -- in exchange for outfielder Mike Stanton.

Turns out it was true. Partially. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has confirmed to the Sun-Times that such a scenario was in place, though he said Stanton was not the player he asked for. Reinsdorf also indicated he had no expectation that the Marlins would take him up on the offer.

"The Marlins asked for permission to talk to Ozzie, and we told them we'd let Ozzie go if they gave us a particular player," Reinsdorf said. "But we knew they couldn't give us the player."

If it wasn't Stanton, the 21-year-old power hitter, speculation is that it was fellow rookie outfielder Logan Morrison -- arguably just as steep a price to pay for a manager.

''We were never going to let Ozzie go, but if they would have given us this particular player, I would have let anybody go. ... Everybody is available at a price. The only player I had that wasn't available was Michael Jordan,'' said Reinsdorf, who is also the owner of the Chicago Bulls.

Reinsdorf also denied numerous reports that the contentious (and that's an understatement) relationship between Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams reached the point where both asked the owner to choose between them.

"That doesn't mean they'll both be here the same length of time, though," Reinsdorf said. "But I don't ever see a situation where either one of them says 'It's me or him.'"

-- David Andriesen

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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 15, 2010 11:00 am

Sandberg hired to manage Phillies' Triple-A team

The Phillies have announced they've hired Ryne Sandberg as their manager at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Sandberg served as the manager for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa the last two seasons and was a finalist to replace Lou Piniella, but was passed over in favor of Mike Quade.

Sandberg was drafted by the Phillies in 1978 and debuted with the Phillies in 1981 before being traded to the Cubs along with Larry Bowa for Ivan DeJesus before the 1982 season.

-- 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 14, 2010 12:04 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 1:33 pm

Pirates to hire Clint Hurdle as manager

Hurdle The Pirates have tabbed Clint Hurdle as their new manager, ensuring that they wouldn't miss out on their second top choice as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The news conference will be held Monday morning, and Hurdle has signed a multiyear deal likely to be two or three years.

The Pirates have found the going rough in looking for a new manager, less than pleased with the options out there. They whiffed on their original choice when Eric Wedge grabbed the Mariners job.

That left the Pirates waiting until after the postseason when Hurdle could speak to the club after serving as hitting coach for Texas for one year. Prior to that, he managed the Rockies from near the beginning of 2002 to almost halfway through the 2009 season when he was fired in favor for Jim Tracy.

Hurdle was also in the running for the Mets job, but it looks as if the job there is down to Terry Collins and Bob Melvin. Hurdle may still yet have had a real shot at the New York job, but Pittsburgh was being very aggressive in its pursuit of Hurdle, plus Hurdle had his own reasons for choosing Pittsburgh.

As the Beaver County Times notes, his eight-year-old daughter, Madison, has a disease that causes low muscle tone, short stature and ravenous hunger that can lead to obesity. Termed Prader-Willi Syndrome, a provider of care for those afflicted resides in Pittsburgh called The Children's Institute that can help Hurdle's daughter.

Personal reasons aside, Hurdle makes a lot of sense for Pittsburgh. He's overseen a rebuilding effort in Colorado and had five straight losing seasons in the Rockies with his worst season coming in his fourth year, finishing with a 67-95 record. He also oversaw the Rocktober year of 2007, when the surging Rockies made the World Series only to fall to the Red Sox.

The team dipped below .500 again in 2008, then got off to an 18-28 start in 2009 before the move was made to hire Jim Tracy as skipper and Rocktober v. 2 took place. Despite that less-than-stellar overall body of work, Hurdle is widely respected and is credited for the Rockies' rise to prominence. Pittsburgh sorely needed a manager who had name value, has led a team to a World Series and who brings credibility to the club.

Hurdle moved to Texas to take over for icon Rudy Jaramillo as the hitting coach and received accolades for his work. However, Texas playing deep into October may have hurt his chances with other ballclubs who did not want to wait around to find a new manager. That left Pittsburgh and New York as his only options.

Now we know which one he chose, and he'll have a tough road on his hands. Despite a new GM (Neal Huntington) and president (Frank Coonelly) who seem to be on top of things, the Pirates' futility has only gotten worse. In its 18th year of losing, Pittsburgh suffered its worst year, falling to a 57-105 record as its attempted new rebuilding plan fell far short of expectations.

The youth movement is still in full swing, but it will be incumbent on Hurdle to maximize the returns out of younger players and somehow bring some salvation to a starved fanbase who have long passed the point of jaded apathy.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
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 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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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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