Tag:Bobby Valentine
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 27, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 4:10 pm

Report: Bobby Valentine next Brewers manager

A report out of the Wisconsin Radio Network has Bobby Valentine taking over the Brewers according to a source inside the organization.

The two sides have reportedly agreed in principle for the highly-sought after manager to join Milwaukee, with only contract terms left to be worked out. Bobby V is reportedly seeking three years and $10 million, a hefty price for a team such as the Brewers.

However, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com says a Brewers spokesperson had no knowledge of the developments, although GM Doug Melvin has been secretive about the managerial process.

Milwaukee has already had one false alarm, with Bob Brenly reportedly set to be hired -- except Melvin had yet to begin the interview process at that point.

There are four finalists, two of which are known to be Bob Melvin and Joey Cora. Valentine is presumably a third, while Angels coach Ron Roenicke is thought to be the fourth.

UPDATE : Valentine told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that "there has been no conversation about a contract with your team." Valentine did confirm there was a meeting between sides, but did not respond to a question on whether he had been offered a job. So technically, the original report may be accurate.

UPDATE: General manager Doug Melvin has told the Journal-Sentinel there is no agreement in principle for Valentine to become manager.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 12:41 am

Valentine may be a finalist for Brewers' job

Bobby Valentine Bobby Valentine may be one of the mystery two candidates for the Brewers job, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets .

White Sox bench coach Joey Cora and former Mariners and Diamondbacks Bob Melvin are the two known of four finalists.

The final candidate may be Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke, who has reportedly interviewed with the team and is not on the list of those who have publicly said they've been told they're not finalists, such as Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach and Dodgers Triple-A manager Tim Wallach. Recently-hired Mariners manager Eric Wedge also reportedly interviewed for the job.

But the most important part is with Valentine in the mix, I get to look through more photos and find fun photos of Valentine in Japan and post them.
UPDATE: Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman writes that Valentine is indeed a finalist.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 7:34 pm

Marlins leaning toward keeping Rodriguez

Edwin Rodriguez Even though former manager Fredi Gonzalez has already gotten another job, the Marlins' search for his replacement is "still at the internal stage,"  team president David Samson told the Sun-Sentinel 's Juan C. Rodrigez .

The Marlins have yet to interview or make any preliminary contract with any potential replacements. Rodriguez cites sources as saying the the Marlins are leading toward keeping Edwin Rodriguez, who was at first the interim manager and then told he'd stay on until the end of the season after a failed flirtation with Bobby Valentine.

Rodriguez and former Marlins third-base coach Bo Porter are the only confirmed candidates.

The team could announce Rodriguez's hiring after the World Series.

"After the World Series is a good time frame for completion to this process," Samson said. "I think [owner] Jeffrey [Loria] and [President of Baseball Operations] Larry [Beinfest] and all of us are being contemplative and making a plan. We've spent a lot of time talking about on-field issues as well."

The Marlins will open a new ballpark in 2012, and the team may be looking for a bigger name than Rodriguez for opening the park in 2011 and punting on 2011.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 5:58 pm

Brewers trim manager list to four

Bob Melvin The GM and managerial races are nearing an end, with many teams having either announced their new leaders or on the verge of doing so.

One such team is the Brewers, who narrowed the field of candidates to four after concluding the first round of interviews.

The list, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , is being kept confidential but GM Doug Melvin did reveal he interviewed eight candidates and plans to knock the list down to four.

"We're narrowing the names down," said Melvin. "There are a lot of qualified people out there, guys with major-league experience and some without major-league experience. We're getting close [to doing a second round]. It'll probably be four guys."

Melvin would not confirm any candidates that interviewed, but reports have listed six:
  • White Sox bench coach Joey Cora,
  • Nationals third base coach Pat Listach,
  • Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke,
  • Dodgers Triple-A manager Tim Wallach, who will coach third base for the Dodgers if not hired as manager elsewhere,
  • Eric Wedge, just hired to skipper Seattle, and
  • ex-Mariners and Diamondbacks skipper Bob Melvin (pictured), thought to be the favorite.
Given Melvin revealed he has interviewed eight, that leaves two others as unknowns. Bobby Valentine did speak with the team about the position, but it was informal and was not an actual interview. Melvin also spoke with Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, who he has already ruled out.

That's not to mention that the list above might be inaccurate.

"Some of the names [reported] are right and some aren't right," said Melvin. He did, however, add that there aren't any names under consideration that are currently involved in the postseason.

Melvin expects the process to take another seven to 10 days, meaning no decision will be made until after the World Series.

-- Evan Brunell

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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 18, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:34 am

Cora, Listach to interview in Milwaukee

Tuesday will be a busy day in Milwaukee, as both Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach and White Sox bench coach Joey Cora will interview for the manager position, Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel reports .

Bob Melvin, considered by most as the leading candidate for the job, will interview on Wednesday.

Bobby Valentine has also been mentioned as a candidate for the job. Tim Wallach has already interviewed, as has Eric Wedge, who was named the Mariners' new manager on Monday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 7:41 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:58 am

Report: Marlins leaning toward Porter

Bo Porter
"Hello? Yes, this is Bo. ... Why yes, I would be interested in managing the Florida Marlins!"

The Diamondbacks bench coach could be getting that call soon, according to Joe Frisaro, who covers the Marlins for MLB.com. Frisaro said indications are that Porter, who was the third base and outfield coach in Florida from 2007-09, is the front-runner now that Bobby Valentine turned down the job.

Interim manager Edwin Rodriguez is still a candidate, but hasn't been contacted by the Marlins since the season ended. Tony Pena, Ted Simmons and Jim Fregosi also have been connected to the job.

Porter, just 38 years old, has risen quickly in the coaching ranks. The outfielder played 89 major-league games for the Cubs, Athletics and Rangers and bounced around the minors until 2003. He was a minor-league manager by 2005, and after two years managing at the Class A level, the Marlins tapped him to be part of their major-league staff. He went to Arizona as third-base coach to start 2010, and was bumped up to bench coach after manager A.J. Hinch was fired.

Porter was interviewed by the Marlins about the managerial job in June, when Fredi Gonzalez was fired, but the Marlins decided to stick with Rodriguez to finish out the season.

Porter also has interviewed with the Pirates this month, but it's looking like Miami will be his destination. He has reportedly already been making contact with potential members of his coaching staff.

-- David Andriesen

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