Tag:Managerial news
Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: November 2, 2010 9:44 am

Brewers still deciding on manager

The Brewers are still doing their homework on their four managerial candidates, owner Mark Attansaio told Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel .

In an e-mail Attansio said the Brewers are "finalizing the collection of information and discussions" about their next manager.

The Brewers are down to four candidates, Bobby Velentine, Bob Melvin, Joey Cora and Ron Reonicke.

Haudricourt writes that general manager Doug Melvin is a "backer" of Valentine, but he'll cost the most.

Also, Journal Sentinel business writer Don Walker wrote that Valentine's contract with ESPN stipulates he must give the news to ESPN first if he accepts a managerial job.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:04 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 12:38 pm

Gibbons opts out of Mets search

Days after saying "no thanks" to the Pirates, Royals bench coach John Gibbons has sent word to the Mets that he's not interested in being a candidate for their managerial opening and is happy with his current job, according to the Bergen Record.

How awesome must the job of Royals bench coach be? Does Ned Yost give his coaching staff foot massages after every game? Do the coaches eat free at Arthur Bryant's ? Gibbons was a big-league manager for four years. He's sat in the big chair before. You could almost understand him turning his nose up at the Pirates job -- that team is a mess and has no payroll. The Mets are a mess, too, but they're a mess with a lot of money in the nation's biggest market.

Does this seem bizarre to anyone else?

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 10:19 pm

Brewers owner says no manager pick yet

There have been plenty of reports that the Brewers have decided to hire Bobby Valentine, but the Journal Sentinel 's Tom Haudricourt throws a "not so fast" into the fire .

Haudricourt writes that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio passed on a message to him that the Brewers haven't made a decision yet. He goes on to write that Attanasio hasn't had time to meet with general manager Doug Melvin and assistant Gord Ash to make the final decision.

According to Haudricourt, none of the final four -- Valentine, Bob Melvin, Joey Cora and Ron Roenicke -- have been eliminated yet.

Still, it will hardly be a surprise if Valentine is the pick. If the announcement isn't Tuesday, it will be after the World Series.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 10:17 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 10:23 am

Clint Hurdle could be Pirates skipper

Clint Hurdle The last managerial candidate to interview for the Pittsburgh job happened weeks ago.

That's a pretty telling statement that the Pirates are holding out for teams still involved in the postseason, as Tracy Ringolsby of FOX Sports notes .

The popular name lately has been Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, who formerly skippered the Royals. However, Ringolsoby says that Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle is in serious consideration for the job.

Hurdle managed the Rockies for eight years and has a NL pennant under his belt and would bring instant credibility to the franchise. He has also experienced a renaissance in reputation after seamlessly replacing Rudy Jaramillo in Texas.

"He has shown an ability to develop young players, dealing with the learning process, into a contending team in Colorado, where he took over a last-place team committed to building from within and took them to the only World Series appearance in franchise history in 2007," Ringolsby writes of Hurdle.

The Pirates are unable to interview Hurdle as he is still busy with Texas in the World Series -- although with the club down 2-0, Hurdle may be sitting in front of Pirates brass by the end of the week.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 29, 2010 10:03 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 1:09 pm

Ozzie Guillen almost traded for Mike Stanton

Ozzie Guillen When things reached a boil over the summer between GM Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen, the Marlins were granted permission to interview the mercurial manager for its vacancy.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times , talks progressed to the point where compensation was discussed in order for Florida to whisk Guillen away. As owner Jeffrey Loria was so gung-ho about the former Marlins bench coach, apparently Mike Stanton was going to be the compensation for Guillen.

Say what?

As good of a manager as Guillen (pictured) might be -- and even given his oddities, it's hard to argue against his body of work -- should anyone really be interested in trading a 20-year-old with perhaps the best raw power in the history of the game? Stanton made his debut in 2010, bashing 22 home runs in only 359 at-bats.

These talks quickly fizzled once Guillen met with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and agreed to return to manage in 2011 although he did not receive his coveted extension.

Despite personal problems with Williams, Guillen hopes he stays with Chicago for the rest of his career. ''My goal is not to just manage the White Sox one year," he said. "I hope I finish my career there."

There's still a lot of questions surrounding the relationship between Williams and Guillen. While Guillen was open about the troubles, the GM has had enough of all the drama.

''Ozzie is the manager of the White Sox next year and I hope the next 10 years after," Williams said in a text message. "How many times do I have to [bleeping] say it?''

Guillen was more forthcoming when talking about the two's relationships, which both sides characterized as a business friendship but with problems still being worked through on the personal side.

''We're better,'' said Guillen. ''We never had a problem with the team. We can talk about the team. Personal problem? Of course. It's a family issue. He was right. I was right. It's something we have tried to put behind us. The last 10 days of the season, everything went back to normal, thank God. But while there was all of that turbulence, while all that stuff was happening, we still talked about the ballclub. That's our job. We are professionals. We know what to do for the White Sox. But in the meanwhile, personal-wise, it is doing a lot better."

An improving relationship certainly has to be to Florida's relief -- except to maybe owner Jeffrey Loria -- as they now get to hang onto Stanton and enjoy his prodigious blasts for years to come.

UPDATE : Conversations "never happened," says MLB.com's Joe Frisaro . Dueling reports!

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2010 5:43 pm

Mets to interview four in-house candidates

The Mets will likely interview four in-house candidates to be the next manager, but will also reach out beyond the organization.

SportsIllustrated.com's Jon Heyman says that third-base coach Chip Hale, Class A manager Wally Backman, Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell and scout Bob Melvin, who skippered the Mariners and Diamondbacks previously, are the in-house candidates. Melvin is also in the running to take over Milwaukee.

Despite interviewing Backman, it is thought that Sandy Alderson has no interest in the ex-Met taking over. Alderson is a big believer that managers are there to do what the GM says and not make waves. That's not quite Backman's M.O.

Meanwhile, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News notes that ex-Jays skipper John Gibbons won't interview. That's a curious move, as Gibbons also pulled his name from consideration in Pittsburgh where he may have ended up with the gig. He was also thought to have a good shot in New York.

Pete Mackanin, bench coach of Philadelphia, may yet emerge as a candidate for the job as Martino adds.

Now that Sandy Alderson is officially the Mets' new general manager, the managerial seearch will be getting underway and should ramp up quickly so the GM can turn his focus to other matters.

  -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:09 pm

Girardi agrees to three-year deal with Yankees

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post , Joe Girardi has agreed to a three-year deal to remain Yankees manager.

Girardi is set to make $9 million with ALCS and World Series bonuses of roughly $450,000-$500,000 apiece should the Yankees make it back to the national stage.

Girardi succeeded Joe Torre and led the Yankees to 89 wins in 2008, which caused the team to miss the playoffs. He rebounded the next season with 103 wins and a World Series title.

New York was just bounced by the Texas Rangers in the ALCS after Girardi helmed the club to 95 wins. While Girardi received accolades for his work in 2009, he has come under fire in 2010 for reverting back to being an intense manager with an incredible reliance on "The Binder," a book of comprehensive data he religiously follows.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 28, 2010 10:46 am
Edited on: October 28, 2010 11:53 am

Alderson must find supporting cast as GM of Mets

Sandy Alderson Now that the Mets have a new general manager in Sandy Alderson, it's time for Alderson to tackle job No. 1 in finding a manager for the Mets.

Alderson has gone on record in the past by saying that he feels a manager should be a "subordinate who should carry out the GM's vision," as Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes.

Mets fans have intimate knowledge of that type of manager, as Alderson's last hire was manager Art Howe in Oakland, who later moved to the Mets as he chafed under the restrictions Alderson and Billy Beane placed on him. It's also why Ken Macha exited town.

Candidates for the skipper's job are unknown, although Sherman posits John Gibbons, Bob Melvin or Don Wakamatsu as logical candidates.

Meanwhile, Alderson can't concern himself with just the search for a new manager. He's got to fill out a team, see if he can dump any of the untradeable contracts and bring in lieutenants to work under him in the front office.

The former Padres CEO is hoping to bring in Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi, two former GMs who have previous working relationships with Alderson. DePodesta, currently an assistant GM and executive vice-president in San Diego, would be brought in to boost New York's statistical department while Ricciardi would key in on player personnel.

The sentiment is that DePodesta will indeed move to the Mets, while Ricciardi could remain as an analyst for ESPN or accept other jobs that have been offered him.

Alderson also needs to get the scouting department in order, as scouting contracts expire Saturday and none of the employed have heard anything about their status.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
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