Tag:Managerial news
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:44 am
 

Sandberg up for Phillies' Triple-A job


Ryne Sandberg, denied his dream job of managing the Cubs and unwilling to return to that organization as Triple-A manager, is being considered for the Triple-A job with the Phillies, according to the Philadephia Inquirer.

Sandberg began his playing career with the Phillies, getting six major-league at-bats in 1981, before being shipped off to Chicago as a minor piece in one of the worst trades in baseball history. The Phillies sent both Sandberg, the future Hall of Famer, and Larry Bowa, who had been a five-time All-Star in Philadelphia, to the Cubs for shortstop Ivan de Jesus.

I don't think successfully managing the Lehigh Valley IronPigs would even the slate on that trade, but you have to love the irony.

-- 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 6, 2010 11:03 am
 

Collins could be Mets front-runner


Just when New York media types were thinking the Mets managerial job was probably down to Bob Melvin and Don Wakamatsu, it seems that there could be a new lead horse: former Angels and Astros manager Terry Collins.

Collins, who was set to meet with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson this weekend in San Diego, was the Mets' minor-league field coordinator last year, so he's familiar with the farm system. He's also got background with Paul DePodesta, who appears to be close to joining Alderson's staff. When he was Dodgers GM, DePodesta reportedly was all set to hire Collins to manage after the 2005 season, but was fired before he got the chance.

A source who has spoken with Mets officials in recent days told the New York Post that Collins could be characterized as "a strong candidate to the front-runner. I think it is possible that all the interviews are just covering bases and they already like Collins the best."

Collins' teams finished in second place in five of his six managerial seasons, but he has never managed in the playoffs.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 5, 2010 2:47 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 2:47 pm
 

Mets interested in Hurdle

Clint Hurdle is reportedly the front-runner for the Pirates' managerial job, but he may want to hold out accepting that post until he talks to the Mets.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post (via Twitter ), Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will contact Hurdle today and hope to interview him next week.

The Mets are interviewing internal candidates this weekend in California and expect to interview external candidates next week in New York.

On Thursday, Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss met Alderson in New York for interviews.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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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 7:28 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 12:06 am
 

Mets continue managerial search

Wally Backman The Mets say they will interview in-house candidates Wally Backman, Terry Collins and Chip Hale this weekend in California.

Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss met with new general manager Sandy Alderson in New York on Thursday.

"We had productive meetings today with Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss as we begin the interview process for our manager position," Alderson said in a statement released by the team.

Melvin, the former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager, has been seen as the favorite for a while, even before the team fired Jerry Manuel.

Jauss was the team's bench coach last season.

Backman (pictured) was named manager in Arizona in 2004 before off-the-field transgressions came to light and he was dismissed four days later, only to be replaced by Melvin. He managed the Mets' short-season team in the New York-Penn League. Backman was an infielder for the Mets' 1986 World Series team.

Collins managed the Astros and Angels in the 90s and was the Mets' minor league field coordinator this season.

Hale was the team's third-base coach this season.

The team has said it will start interviews with outside candidates 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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