Tag:Blue Jays
Posted on: October 11, 2010 8:13 pm

Mackanin interested in piloting Jays

The Phillies' bench coach hasn't been approached about managing the Blue Jays, but it's an endeavor that interests the 51-year-old.

Pete Mackanin, who interviewed for the Astros' opening before it went to Brad Mills last season, has been a name cropping up in circles lately for possible interviews. Mackanin has two separate stints as big-league manager, helming the Pirates in 2005 and Reds in 2007, both as interim managers.

"Toronto has a lot of good players," Mackanin told the Toronto Sun . "We don’t see them a lot, being in the other league. Everyone knows about their power potential. I really liked what I saw of Ricky Romero and Shaun Marcum."

Don't read too much into this as there has been nothing linking the bench coach to the Blue Jays job (yet). In fact, by his own admission, the Jays haven't contacted him about speaking with him, although that may be due to Philadelphia remaining in the playoffs. Mackanin was likely simply asked if he would be interested.

With many teams hoping to find new managers as soon as possible, the ex-second baseman may be harmed by a deep postseason run in Philadelphia restricting his ability to interview for jobs. One solution may be for Mackanin to fly out and interview on days off. The Phillies currently are set to enjoy five days off as they kick off the NLCS on Saturday against the winner of the Braves/Giants series.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:14 pm

Anyone could have had Halladay

Roy Halladay
You'd be hard-pressed to find a general manager in baseball who wouldn't trade his entire farm system for Roy Halladay today. But a year and a half ago, he was there for the taking and nobody stepped up.

The Blue Jays dangled Halladay, who had a year and a half left on his contract, at the 2009 trade deadline. Toronto's then-general manager, J.P. Ricciardi, said he didn't get offers that were commensurate with Halladay's value. The Jays ended up keeping him before sending him to Philadelphia in a December trade that netted the Jays Travis D'Arnaud, Kyle Drabek and Michael Taylor (and, perhaps most important, salary relief).

"To be honest, I really was surprised," at the offers he got in 2009, Ricciardi told WEEI.com. "I think a lot of it was that maybe we appreciated him a lot more because we saw him do this. Maybe pitching in Canada, he didn’t get as much attention. I’m really happy that people across the country are getting a chance to see what he’s all about.

"We kept sitting there saying, 'This is Roy Freaking Halladay! Do people know?' Not only will you have him for this year, but you’ll have him for next year. And whomever trades for him, he’s probably going to go to a place he’s going to want to stay. There’s no way we’re going to settle for one prospect, or 1 1/2 prospects. We’ve got to get a bunch of prospects because we’re dealing someone really, really special here."

The Red Sox came closest, offering a five-player package, but Ricciardi didn't think the included prospects were good enough.

"Doc has been doing it for a long time," Ricciardi said. "We kept sitting there saying, ‘For us to move this guy we have to get something back that is really going to be worth it.’ And we still wouldn’t get back what [we would be] giving up.”

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:46 pm

Blue Jays unlikely to bring back Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion Edwin Encarnacion fans are going to have to retire their Blue Jays jerseys as it's extremely unlikely the third baseman returns to Toronto.

"He’s coming off nearly a $5 million salary," GM Alex Anthopoulos noted to the Toronto Sun about bringing him back. "In salary arbitration you rarely get cut, more often you get a raise, especially when you hit 21 home runs. He has made strides defensively, but he’s never going to be a Gold Glover."

The Jays acquired Encarnacion along with two minor-league pitchers for Scott Rolen midway through 2009 and it was thought the Jays might move EdE to the outfield, an overdue move. Instead, he remained at third, where -- to his credit -- he did make strides on defense. However, coupled with an underwhelming .244/.305/.482.

There's no question Encarnacion has power, but when one doesn't have much else, that power becomes an afterthought -- and overpriced at a 2010 salary of $4.75 million. Encarnacion would absolutely see a raise in arbitration, and Anthopoulous isn't sure if the cost equals the talent.

“Being candid about it, it’s a matter of value," he noted. "Going through the arbitration process and what it would cost.”

Encarnacion should have plenty of interest on the market from teams that may want to make him a DH, shift him to first or left field or even see if his advancement in the field is for real.

Meanwhile, Toronto has options when it comes to who mans the hot corner. Second baseman Aaron Hill has told Anthopoulous he is willing to move to third, while home-run king Jose Bautista split 2010 between third and right field.

“Aaron has the ability to play all over the diamond. Jose Bautista is the same way,” Anthopoulos added. “It’s nice to have that flexibility."
-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:19 am
Edited on: October 4, 2010 12:05 pm

Manager watch 2010

So, what's up with the manager shuffle?

Here's the latest, that will likely be updated throughout the day:

Ken Macha, Brewers
John Russell, Pirates
Jerry Manuel, Mets

Dead men walking
Jerry Manuel, Mets
John Russell, Pirates

Interim guys with their fingers crossed (in order of those likely to get the job)
Mike Quade, Cubs
Edwin Rodriguez, Marlins
Daren Brown, Mariners

Cito Gaston, Blue Jays
Bobby Cox, Braves
Joe Torre, Dodgers

Up in the air
Tony La Russa, Cardinals
Ozzie Guillen, White Sox -- isn't Guillen one step from doing something crazy?
Joe Girardi, Yankees -- listen, I don't think he's going anywhere, but until the Cubs decide their future, his name's going to be thrown out there. And the Cubs should make a run at him, just to make sure.

Likely back
Kirk Gibson, Diamondbacks

Already on the hot seat for 2011
Jim Tracey, Rockies
Jim Leyland, Tigers
Bob Geren, A's
Jim Riggleman, Nationals
Ned Yost, Royals

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:02 pm

Blue Jays to interview Don Baylor

Former Rockies and Cubs manager Don Baylor will be interviewed for the Blue Jays' opening, reports Jon Heyman of SportsIllustrated.com .

Retiring manager Cito Gaston is pushing hard for Baylor, currently the Rockies' hitting coach. Baylor skippered Colorado from 1993-98 and took over the Cubs from 2000-02, but didn't experience much success in his nine years, having yet to make the postseason.

Baylor's career record is 627-689, with Colorado's 77-67 record in the shortened 1995 season his best success, finishing second. Looking at winning percentage as his best success, the Cubs' 2001 season qualifies with an 88-74 mark.

The Jays plan to interview up to 15 candidates, with Jays third-base coach Brian Butterfield being considered along with the Yankees' third-base coach in Rob Thompson. Eric Wedge and Bob Melvin, two other ex-managers, have also been interviewed for the opening.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:17 am
Edited on: September 30, 2010 12:00 pm

Jays honor Gaston with facial hair, win

Travis Snider Travis Snider's fake mustache was both ridiculous and awesome.

Using eye-black to imitate Cito Gaston's mustache, Snider led off the game with a homer and added an RBI single an inning later to send the retiring manager out with an 8-4 victory over the Yankees in his last home game. Snider's leadoff homer was the team's 245th of the season, breaking the team record.

"It's a great way to honor him and I'm proud to be able to say I played for him," Snider told the Toronto Star . "I couldn't think of a better night [for the record] to happen, to honor him and what he's helped us with."

Gaston was honored before the game. Gaston started his second stint as the team's manager in 2008, 11 years after his 10-year run with the team that included two World Series titles and four division crowns.

"You could just feel the electricity," said catcher John Buck. "That's how much Cito has meant to this organization, this team and all the players he has either managed, coached or played with."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:58 pm

Orioles' Simon, Showalter suspended

Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon has been suspended three games and manager Buck Showalter one after Major League Baseball issued punishments for Simon throwing intentionally at Toronto's Joe Bautista on Sunday.

According to MLB.com, Showalter will serve his suspension Monday night, with bench coach Jeff Datz managing against the Rays. Simon will appeal.

MLB also fined Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum $750 for throwing at Luke Scott earlier in the game, in the fourth, ruling that it was retaliation for Bautista being hit in the top of the inning (Bautista was hit twice). That was what caused the umpire to issue the warning that spurred the ejections after Bautista was hit again.

Marcum's pitch only grazed Scott, and he said it wasn't intentional. He'll appeal.

"Warnings weren't even out," Marcum said  on Monday. "To hit somebody like that and get fined, I think it's bad judgment on their part. I have good enough control that if I'm going to hit somebody I'll hit them right in the middle of the back."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:08 pm

Jays interview Melvin, Wedge

Bob Melvin
Cito Gaston isn't departing the Blue Jays for another week, but the team isn't wasting any time looking for his replacement.

The Toronto Sun reports that the Jays this week interviewed former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin as well as former Indians manager Eric Wedge. Both have other potential suitors, as Wedge has interviewed with the Cubs and Melvin is scheduled to meet the Cubs and is considered a candidate with the Mets if (OK, when) they fire Jerry Manuel.

Melvin (pictured) interviewed to join Manuel's coaching staff after last season and was not hired, but Jeff Wilpon, the son of the Mets' owner, hired Melvin as a scout. Melvin, a former journeyman major-league catcher, has a 493-508 career record in six-plus seasons as a manager. Wedge went 561-573 in seven years at the helm of the Indians and was replaced after last season.

The Jays will interview their bench coach, Nick Leyva, who managed the Phillies for two-plus seasons. Also on Toronto's radar, according to the Sun: Tim Wallach, Triple-A manager in the Dodgers system; Ryne Sandberg, Triple-A manager in the Cubs system; Rockies hitting coach Don Baylor; and Juan Samuel, who was interim manager of the Orioles for much of this season.

Expect to see these same names crop up all over baseball this winter, as there could be a record amount of managerial turnover. The game of musical chairs has just begun.

-- David Andriesen

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