Tag:Blue Jays
Posted on: October 23, 2010 10:18 pm

Red Sox owner says goodbye to Farrell

Boy, it's going to get really awkward for John Henry if the Blue Jays aren't really going to name John Farrell their new manager. The Red Sox pitching coach has been identified as Toronto's pick by process of elimination, though the Jays aren't talking, presumably because they're waiting on the commissioner's office to give them the go-ahead for an announcement.

But Henry, the Red Sox owner, apparently has some inside information. Asked by the Boston Globe for a reaction to Farrell's departure, he had this to say:


"The Jays are getting a great baseball man and a great person. We were able to keep John as a part of our organization longer than a couple of other teams would have wanted, but it really is time for John to step up to the next level. He will be an effective, excellent manager. I expect him to manage in MLB for as long as he wants to. He's going to an excellent young team with a strong and smart hierarchy. The Blue Jays are going to be a force in the AL East for some time to come.

I am grateful for the years John Farrell gave to the Red Sox. He will be missed."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 6:00 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 6:17 pm

Report: Hale eliminated by Jays

Here's the detailed version of how things have developed in the past 24 hours regarding news about the Blue Jays' managerial search, but the short version is this: It looked like it was down to two members of the Red Sox staff, pitching coach John Farrell and bench coach DeMarlo Hale.

Now Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports via Twitter that Hale has been informed he's out of the running. So, if the previous scenario was true, that means Farrell is your next Blue Jays manager.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:46 pm

Not so fast: Jays may be eyeing Hale

When Peter Gammons tweeted that three GMs considered John Farrell a fait accompli for the Blue Jays job, many assumed it was all but a done deal.

Except Gammons himself is wondering if he was a bit premature in tweeting the news. Gammons has a new tweet that reports that Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulous is still considering DeMarlo Hale.

Both Farrell and Hale work for the Red Sox -- Farrell has been the pitching coach for four seasons while Hale managed in the minors for the Red Sox and Rangers. He then served as first-base coach for Texas from 2002-04 before moving to Boston for the 2006 season as third-base coach. He remained in that role through 2009 before transitioning to bench coach once Brad Mills left to manage Houston.

A decision is expected very soon and will likely come prior to the World Series beginning play. One thing's for sure: Boston's going to have to replace at least one coach.

UPDATE : Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com hears that Sandy Alomar, Jr. has been told he is out of the running for the job.

UPDATE : Gammons appeared on The Big Show Friday with an update on Toronto's search.

GM Alex Anthopoulous is backing Hale, while assistant GM Tony LaCava and others want Farrell.  A decision is supposed to be made tonight, and the Jays will inform the Red Sox of their decision. It sounds as if Boston is hoping that Anthopoulous goes with his choice over Farrell.

'I think the Red Sox know that it’s going to be really difficult, given the pitching staff, to replace John Farrell," Gammons said. "There just isn’t anybody out there right now. … I don’t really think they know what direction they’re going in when John leaves. I think they’re worried about this. Very worried.”

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 10:45 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 12:30 pm

Farrell Jays' pick? Maybe

The baseball blogosphere is ablaze with the "news" that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is Toronto's pick to be the next manager. But if you look closer, you'll see that it all stems from a single Twitter post by Peter Gammons of MLB Network: "Three GMs today insisted John Farrell will get the Toronto job. The final list was the product of exhaustive, thoughtful due diligence"

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Not saying Gammons, one of the most connected people in baseball, is wrong. But this is a Twitter post -- no media outlet anywhere, including MLB.com, for whom Gammons works, has reported this. Blue Jays president Paul Beeston told the Globe and Mail on Thursday that "we haven't made any decision." And which three GMs "insisted"? If two of them are the GMs of the Blue Jays and Red Sox, this story probably has legs. If it's the GMs of the Padres, Rockies and Braves, it's just industry chatter.

So for now, this one sits squarely in the "rumor" category.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 4:27 pm

Bautista has surgery for sports hernia

Jose Bautista The story of Jose Bautista is well-known. After never hitting 16 home runs in a season before, the 29-year-old busted out with a mind-boggling 54 home runs.

Can you imagine how much more he could have hit had he been fully healthy?

That's right -- fully healthy . As MLB.com reports , Bautista underwent surgery Thursday in Philadelphia for a sports hernia. According to Toronto, he "tolerated " the discomfort of the injury since May.

That's a mighty long time to tolerate an injury and continue producing at a high level.

Bautista kicked April off with four home runs but went bananas in May, when he suffered the injury, with 12 bombs. He followed that up with another four-homer showing in June but seemed to find a comfort level in the remaining three months, bashing 11, 12 and 11 home runs respectively.

The hernia certainly didn't appear to bother him, now did it?

The surgery generally takes about 4-6 weeks to recover from, so Bautista should have plenty of time to get in shape for spring training. He's entering the final year of arbitration before free agency and should get a major raise above the scant $2.4 million paid out in 2010.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:29 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 8:10 pm

Jays' eyes on LCS coaches?

The Blue Jays will announce their new manager within a week of the end of the World Series, Toronto Star columnist Richard Griffin writes .

The list of those interviewed by the Blue Jays keeps growing (it's around 16 or so, it seems), but does that timing indicate Toronto is just dragging it out in order to get someone still involved in the playoffs?

Yankees third-base coach Rob Thomson has apparently been "in the mix" since the beginning, while other candidates include Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin. Before Game 3 of the Phillies-Reds series, Mackanin told CBSSports.com that he hadn't been contacted by anyone yet.

Thompson is a Canadian, which could help him in the hiring process, Griffin writes. The New York Post reports Thomson has been contacted by the Blue Jays to "break the ice."

Griffin also notes the Blue Jays will insist whoever takes the position keeps pitching coach Bruce Walton on their staff.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos has said the team will have a manager in place by the winter meetings in December.

UPDATE: Well, scratch that whole Thompson going back to Canada thing -- the Canadian Press reports Thompson, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, Jays Double-A manager Luis Rivera and Class A manager Sal Fasano have been told they've been eliminated from consideration.

Additionally, the Toronto Sun 's Bob Elliot spoke to Don Baylor, who has been told he's not longer in the running, either.

Right now, Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and DeMarlo Hale, the Red Sox bench coach, seem to be the front-runners.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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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 15, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:03 am

Showalter still deciding on coaches

Because during the middle of the ALCS opener you are consumed with worry over the Orioles' coaching staff, we bring you this update: There's no news.

The Baltimore Sun reports that manager Buck Showalter, hired midseason, on Friday was calling the coaches he inherited and telling them he's still deciding what he wants to do with the staff for next season. (How exactly does that call go? "Uh, hey, it's Buck. Just calling to tell you I don't know whether you still have a job." Awkward.) He had told the coaches at the end of the season that he expected to make decisions within a few days, but the process is taking longer.

The Sun points out that the holdup might be the Blue Jays' massive managerial search. They are apparently interviewing everyone who has ever worked in baseball, and that includes two men who formerly coached with Showalter that he might like to hire: Jays third base coach Brian Butterfield and deposed Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu.

-- David Andriesen

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