Tag:John Farrell
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: August 9, 2010 4:51 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 4:13 pm

Who could replace Wakamatsu?

Joey Cora A week after GM Jack Zduriencik said "Don's our manager ," repeatedly, Don is no longer manager.

Zduriencik fired Don Wakamatsu with less than two full season on the job Monday, stating he no longer had confidence in the skipper. To replace him, Triple-A manager Daren Brown has been summoned.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times runs through a list of potential replacements, starting with Bobby Valentine, who has been one of the hottest names on the market since returning from Japan. Valentine figures to enter into yet another dalliance with the Marlins in the offseason as well as look into the Cubs job and possibly the Dodgers one, should Joe Torre depart. Torre himself may have eyes on the Cubs job.

Joey Cora (pictured) is another name that has been bandied about as a manager-in-waiting for a while. He has strong ties to Seattle from his playing days and has an apprenticeship under Ozzie Guillen.

Other names include Bryan Price and John Farrell, both pitching coaches. Teams have long been leery of hiring managers with pitching as their base, but the success of Bud Black is starting to change that perception. Farrell has long been a favorite of Zduriencik but turned down an opportunity to interview two years ago in the vacancy Wakamatsu eventually filled.

While Price -- currently Dusty Baker's pitching coach for the Reds, another name that may throw his hat in the Mariners ring -- would likely jump at the chance to interview, Farrell seems rather committed to staying in Boston and waiting out Terry Francona's tenure. However, Francona's deal runs through 2011 with two club options and Farrell's patience may eventually run thin.

There are plenty of other candidates, and there figures to be plenty of competition for managers in the offseason. After all, as many as half of all baseball teams may have skippers in their first full season at the helm to start 2011.

-- Evan Brunell

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