Tag:Eric Wedge
Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:59 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:33 am
 

Jays interested in Bobby V.

Bobby Valentine Another day, another Bobby Valentine interview.

The Toronto Sun reports Valentine interviewed for the Blue Jays' managerial position. Valentine has also interviewed with the Mariners and Marlins.

In other managerial interview news, the Pirates interviewed Jeff Banister and Ken Macha on Tuesday for their open managerial position.

Banister has worked in the Pirates organization for the past 25 years.

Macha, a Pittsburgh-area native, managed the Brewers the last two seasons and also managed the A's.

The team has already interviewed Eric Wedge, Bo Porter and John Gibbons. The Sun also says the Pirates have interviewed Valentine, however the team has officially released the names of the prospective managers after they interview with the Pirates' brass and Valentine has not been among those. Wedge has interviewed for both jobs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:11 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:29 am
 

Bobby V. interviewed with Mariners

Bobby Valentine Oh, don't you just need more Bobby Valentine news?

Well, Valentine interviewed for the Mariners job on Monday, the Seattle Times ' Larry Stone reports . He also notes former Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon will interview this week.

Cecil Cooper is interviewing today. Former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and former Indians manager Eric Wedge are also expected to interview this week.

Valentine is considered a "leading candidate" to manage the Marlins, as well.

Valentine was the Mets Triple-A manager when current Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik was the team's farm director. In addition to managing the Rangers and Mets, Valentine has two managing stints in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines. The Mariners not only have Ichiro Suzuki, who has said to want Valentine, but rare also owned by Nintendo of America.

McClendon is currently the hitting coach for the Tigers.

Stone notes the Mariners are still interested to see what happens with Tony La Russa and the Cardinals. The team would be interested in La Russa if he left St. Louis.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:51 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Wedge interviews in Chicago

Eric Wedge The Cubs interviewed former Indians manager Eric Wedge, ESPNChicago.com reported .

The report notes interim manager Mike Quade and Triple-A Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg have already interviewed with Tom Ricketts, the team's chairman of the board. Wedge had previously interviewed with general manager Jim Hendry.

Bob Melvin is also said to be a candidate for the job and may have interviewed, as well.

Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-09 and was the American League Manager of the Year in 2007.

Wedge's name has been up for just about every managerial opening this offseason.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:33 am
 

Farrell a candidate in Toronto

John Farrell Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell "has surfaced as a possible managerial candidate for the Blue Jays," Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports .

However, Elliott writes he doesn't know if Farrell has been interviewed.

Farrell, 48, has served as Terry Francona's pitching coach since 2006.

The Jays could interview as many as 15 candidates, it has been reported.

Former big-league managers Don Baylor, Eric Wedge and Bob Melvin have been interviewed.

Elliott's had fun throwing out names for the Blue Jays' job the last couple of days, throwing out Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin's name on Monday. I talked to Mackanin on Sunday and he said he hasn't gotten any calls from teams yet, and hasn't heard about any team hoping to interview him. Mackanin, a former interim manager in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, would be a good choice for any team, but would certainly fit in Toronto. A former Expos infielder, Mackanin's wife is Canadian.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 9:40 pm
 

Mariners to interview Valentine, Cooper

Cecil Cooper The Mariners are set to begin interviewing candidates this week with four names in line for interviews.

Eric Wedge, who has interviewed for several gigs so far and was thought to be the front-runner to take over the Orioles at one point, will draw an interview along with ex-Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.

A source tells MyNorthwest.com 's Shannon Draper that there are two additional candidates. One is celebrity manager Bobby Valentine, who is in the running to take over the Marlins. Valentine would be a popular name in Seattle with its Japanese fan base, as the skipper spent several years in Japan, winning the Japan Series.

The other name is a bit of a surprise. Cecil Cooper is also expected to interview. Cooper was last seen piloting the Astros to a 171-170 record from 2007-09, replacing Phil Garner for the final 31 games and being fired with 13 games left in 2009. Cooper led the 'Stros to an 86-75 mark in 2008 but was reportedly a very unpopular manager with both players and fans.

However, Brewers GM Jack Zduriencik has ties with Cooper: he was a scout, farm director and bench coach for Milwaukee following his playing career which ended after 1987.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 6:11 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 6:15 pm
 

Pirates interview Wedge

Eric Wedge The Pirates interviewed former Indians manager Eric Wedge on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel reports .

General manager Neal Huntington returned from organizational meetings in Bradenton, Fla., for organizational meetings to interview Wedge at PNC Park and will remain in town the rest of this week to interview at least one more candidate, Biertempfel writes.

Phil Garner, the former Brewers, Tigers and Astros manager, is also believed to be interested in the job.

The Pirates plan on announcing who interviewed after each interview is completed.

Wedge, 42, managed the Indians from 2003-09. He has also interviewed in Chicago and Toronto.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 1:22 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:06 pm
 

Jays get permission to interview Roenicke

Ron Roenicke The Blue Jays have received permission to interview Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke for their managerial position, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes . Cito Gaston is retiring after the season.

Toronto has also received permission to interview Rockies bench coach Don Baylor and have interviewed former Diamondbacks and Indians manager Eric Wedge. Plunkett reporters former Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel, Yankees coach Rob Thompson and Jays coach Brian Butterfield are also candidates.

Roenicke served as the team's first base coach before moving to bench coach when Joe Maddon was hired as Tampa's manager. Roenicke interviewed with the Indians last fall.

Roenicke's nephew, Josh, is a reliever with the Blue Jays.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:16 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm
 

Wedge interviews for Cubs gig

Add Eric Wedge to the list of candidates for the open Chicago Cubs managerial position.

The Chicago Tribune reports Cubs general manager Jim Hendry had dinner with Wedge last night and spent all day with him today in a "thorough interview process."

Wedge becomes the second "known" candidate, along with interim manager Mike Quade. Ryne Sandberg, the Hall of Fame Cubs second baseman and current Triple-A manager, has thrown his name into the ring and it's assumed he'll be a candidate. Other names thought to be in contention are former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Nationals coach Pat Listach. Listach interviewed for the job in 2006, as did Girardi.

It's not surprising the Cubs are moving this fast on their decision, but still don't expect any final choice anytime soon. If Girardi is a legitimate candidate and if they do have real interest, he's unlikely to have much time before late October to go through a similar "thorough interview process."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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