Tag:Eric Wedge
Posted on: October 18, 2010 9:13 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:33 am
 

Rays' Martinez to interview in Toronto

Add Rays bench coach Dave Martinez to the list interviewing for the Blue Jays' position, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune . That would put the list at 15.

Here's the ever-growing list:
  • Don Baylor, age 61, fired Friday as Rockies hitting coach
  • Tim Bogar, 43, Red Sox third-base coach
  • Brian Butterfield, 52, Jays third-base coach
  • John Farrell, 48, Red Sox pitching coach
  • Sal Fasano, 38, Class A Lansing manager
  • DeMarlo Hale, 49, Red Sox bench coach
  • Nick Leyva, 57, Jays bench coach
  • Bob Melvin, 48, Mets pro scout
  • Rick Renteria, 49, Padres first-base coach
  • Ron Roenicke, 54, Angels bench coach
  • Luis Rivera, 46, manager, Double-A New Hampshire
  • Rob Thomson, 47, Yankees third-base coach
  • Bobby Valentine, 60, ESPN broadcaster
  • Eric Wedge, 42, hired by the Mariners
Martinez, 46, has been Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008. He also played for parts of 16 seasons with the Cubs, Expos, Reds, Giants, White Sox, Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays and Braves.

UPDATE: MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports (via Twitter ) that Sandy Alomar Jr. interviewed today for the third time. The fact that it's his third interview and his name hadn't surfaced among the 15 others means this is one wide, crazy search. Whoever the Jays end up hiring, it won't be without doing some homework.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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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 18, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:57 am
 

Tony La Russa returning to Cardinals

Tony La Russa The Cardinals will bring back skipper Tony La Russa for at least one more year, with a mutual option for 2012, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Derrick Goold reports.

La Russa had been considering his future since the offseason ended and took a road trip to help figure out if he wanted to return for a 33rd year. The answer is in the affirmative, so the future Hall of Fame manager will skipper a 16th season in town.

This is a no-brainer move as La Russa will return to coach Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright. With that collection of talent, contention is certain as long as the other positions average out to league-average.

While La Russa's decision was supposed to come sooner than Oct. 18, reports had the team and La Russa discussing the composition of the coaching staff. Those decisions have been put to rest, as every coach save for the bullpen coach will be offered contracts, including Mark McGwire.

The bullpen coach who now finds himself without a job is Marty Mason, a longtime right-hand man of Dave Duncan, as Joe Strauss reports for the Post-Dispatch . Mason's departure was announced prior to any formal announcement of La Russa's return.

Mason has been in his position for 12 seasons after serving as Triple-A pitching coach from 1997-99. Despite his longstanding affiliation with La Russa and Duncan, it wasn't enough to save his job as club sources told Strauss Mason's concern on the "integrity of the player development pipeline" is what led to his dismissal.

Regardless of any disagreements Mason may have had with GM John Mozeliak, it's still a curious move. He has presided over what has been a largely successful bullpen, ranking sixth in NL relief ERA in 2010 and fourth in 2009. He was also popular with the team's pitchers.

As Strauss writes:

 

Pitchers frequently credited Mason as the go-to man for mechanical issues and described the working relationship between he and Duncan as a major reason for the team's tradition of pitching success. While Duncan is typically viewed as stoic, pensive and even intimidating to some younger arms, Mason served as a folksy buffer also adept at breaking down a pitcher's delivery.
La Russa holds a 1,318-1,110 mark for the Cardinals and has 2,638 wins overall split between the White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals. If he manages for two more seasons, he will move into second place in total victories as manager, supplanting John McGraw. If St. Louis can somehow cobble together a 126-win squad -- which would be a record -- La Russa would move into second place in 2011. First place with Connie Mack is out of reach with an incredible 3,731 wins in 53 years of managing. Mack's career 3,948 losses is also safe, so La Russa would have the most wins by a manager who also won more than he lost.

 

MEANWHILE...

Eric Wedge was formally announced as the Mariners manager, with a press conference to come Tuesday. Wedge reportedly blew away the Mariners front office in his interviews, vaulting him over Bobby Valentine as the preferred choice.

The loss of Wedge might just be the Pirates' gain, however, as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review points out. Rob Biertempfel notes that Wedge is much like ex-Pirates skipper John Russell in that the two don't show emotion. That was one of the major knocks against Russell, so Biertempfel wonders if the Pirates didn't dodge a bullet on losing the perceived frontrunner in Wedge.

With the Marlins seemingly poised to leap on Bo Porter, that leaves Pittsburgh with five candidates: Dale Sveum, Jeff Banister, Ken Macha, John Gibbons and Carlos Tosca. It is unknown if there are more interviews in the pipeline.

Of these five candidates, Biertempfel tabs Gibbons as the victor.

"He seems to have many of the qualifications for the gig -- a livelier personality than Russell, knowledge of what it takes to succeed in a so-called mid-market [Toronto], the ability to teach and motivate younger players, a bit of major league experience and a [I would presume] a reasonable price tag," he writes.

In the other three vacancies for the Cubs, Brewers and Mets there have not been any recent developments. Mike Quade and Bob Melvin are still the favorites for the Cubs and Brewers respectively, while the Mets want to hire a GM first.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:57 am
 

La Russa's return 'almost certain'

Tony La Russa
Tony La Russa's return to the Cardinals could now be just a matter of deciding when to announce it, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A person who spoke to the manager about the situation told the paper that he would be "very surprised" if La Russa did not come back for his 16th season. La Russa has had a series of daily discussions with owner Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak, all three addressing their concerns about the future.

The front office is apparently concerned about the makeup of La Russa's coaching staff, and several of the coaches, whose contracts expire at the end of the month, say they have heard nothing about their futures.

La Russa is not expected to be in St. Louis for the announcement of his return, which could come this week before the team's scouts convene for meetings. The Cardinals would need to wait until both league championship series conclude, or work out permission from the commissioner's office to announce it on an off day. No off days are scheduled this week, but could come if either series ends early. The Mariners are also believed to be waiting for the first opportunity to introduce Eric Wedge as their new manager.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:34 am
 

Pirates interview Tosca

Carlos Tosca The Pirates have interviewed former Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca, the team announced. He's the second former Toronto skipper to interview with the team, along with John Gibbons, and seventh overall.

Tosca had a 191-191 record from 2002-04 in Toronto. He most recently served as the Marlins bench coach from 2007-10. He was named Fredi Gonzalez's bench coach in Atlanta, but has yet to sign a contract.

Pittsburgh has also interviewed Dale Sveum, Eric Wedge, Bo Porter, Ken Macha and Jeff Banister.

-- 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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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:06 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:28 am
 

Brewers to interview Cora, Valentine

White Sox bench coach Joey Cora will interview for the vacant Milwaukee Brewers managerial position, the Chicago Tribune reports .

Former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin is widely considered the favorite for the job. Eric Wedge and Tim Wallach have already interviewed.

Cora, 45, has previously interviewed in Milwaukee, along with Pittsburgh and Seattle.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : Milwaukee may also interview Bobby Valentine, who is offically out of the hunt to take over the Marlins. Typer Kepner of the New York Times via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has the Brew Crew looking into phoning Valentine. Milwaukee may actually give Bobby V the team with the best shot of contending of any club with a managerial vacancy.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Boston coaches interview with Toronto

DeMarlo Hale Add a couple more names into the pool of candidates for the Blue Jays' managerial position -- Red Sox coaches Tim Bogar and DeMarlo Hale.

According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com , Bogar and Hale have "undergone preliminary interviews" with the Blue Jays.

Bogar, third-base coach for the Red Sox, said he met with Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos and assistant GM Tony LaCava last week for 90 minutes.

"I tried to give them a sense of how I handle people and a ballclub," Bogar told McAdam. "It was kind of a 'get-to-know-me' thing -- who you are and what you're about."

Hale (pictured) was previously the team's third-base coach before moving to bench coach for the 2010 season.

The Jays are apparently trying to set a record for most interviews for a managerial position. The list of those interviewed or set to be interviewed includes Bobby Valentine, Don Baylor, Bob Melvin, Eric Wedge, Ron Roenicke, Luis Rivera, Bruce Butterfield and Nick Leyva.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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