Tag:Bobby Valentine
Posted on: October 15, 2010 2:44 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2010 4:51 pm
 

Report: New Mariners manager to be Eric Wedge

Cross another team off the list for Bobby V.

Bobby Valentine has been informed he is out of the running for the Mariners job, this after pulling out of the Marlins job, as the Seattle Times reports. Valentine was interested in the job and thought to be the frontrunner until being told by GM Jack Zduriencik Friday morning he was no longer in the running.

The team has interviewed Cecil Cooper, John Gibbons, Lloyd McClendon and Eric Wedge for the opening. Texas' Clint Hurdle may also get an interview, although the M's may be poised to name a new manager if Valentine has already been informed he will not get the job.

UPDATE : No Seattle gig for John Gibbons, reports FOX Sports . Interesting. Eric Wedge has been getting quite a few interviews and came close to landing the Orioles job. He's also been in play for the other managerial openings, but the Mariners may be snapping him up as we speak.

UPDATE 2 : Eric Wedge will be the next skipper of the Mariners, reports Sports Illustrated . Wedge coached the Indians from 2002-2009, an era that Cleveland fans consider missed opportunities and wasted chances. Of course, if Wedge can keep the Mariners consistently above 80 wins as he did in Cleveland, the team won't have any arguments.

-- Evan Brunell

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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: October 13, 2010 6:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:23 am
 

Bobby V. passes on Marlins

Bobby Valentine With his name connected to nearly every managerial opening this side of the Pacific, Bobby Valentine has pulled his name out of consideration for the Marlins' manager position, ESPN reports.

Valentine works for ESPN and told colleague Tim Kurkjian that he'd been in constant contact with the Marlins since the end of the season, but he's "decided to go in another direction."

Valentine has reportedly interviewed with both Toronto and Seattle.

Valentine was in talks with the Marlins in June when they fired Fredi Gonzalez, but those abruptly stopped. Valentine is said to be a friend of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Boston coaches interview with Toronto

DeMarlo Hale Add a couple more names into the pool of candidates for the Blue Jays' managerial position -- Red Sox coaches Tim Bogar and DeMarlo Hale.

According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com , Bogar and Hale have "undergone preliminary interviews" with the Blue Jays.

Bogar, third-base coach for the Red Sox, said he met with Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos and assistant GM Tony LaCava last week for 90 minutes.

"I tried to give them a sense of how I handle people and a ballclub," Bogar told McAdam. "It was kind of a 'get-to-know-me' thing -- who you are and what you're about."

Hale (pictured) was previously the team's third-base coach before moving to bench coach for the 2010 season.

The Jays are apparently trying to set a record for most interviews for a managerial position. The list of those interviewed or set to be interviewed includes Bobby Valentine, Don Baylor, Bob Melvin, Eric Wedge, Ron Roenicke, Luis Rivera, Bruce Butterfield and Nick Leyva.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:59 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:33 am
 

Jays interested in Bobby V.

Bobby Valentine Another day, another Bobby Valentine interview.

The Toronto Sun reports Valentine interviewed for the Blue Jays' managerial position. Valentine has also interviewed with the Mariners and Marlins.

In other managerial interview news, the Pirates interviewed Jeff Banister and Ken Macha on Tuesday for their open managerial position.

Banister has worked in the Pirates organization for the past 25 years.

Macha, a Pittsburgh-area native, managed the Brewers the last two seasons and also managed the A's.

The team has already interviewed Eric Wedge, Bo Porter and John Gibbons. The Sun also says the Pirates have interviewed Valentine, however the team has officially released the names of the prospective managers after they interview with the Pirates' brass and Valentine has not been among those. Wedge has interviewed for both jobs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:11 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:29 am
 

Bobby V. interviewed with Mariners

Bobby Valentine Oh, don't you just need more Bobby Valentine news?

Well, Valentine interviewed for the Mariners job on Monday, the Seattle Times ' Larry Stone reports . He also notes former Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon will interview this week.

Cecil Cooper is interviewing today. Former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and former Indians manager Eric Wedge are also expected to interview this week.

Valentine is considered a "leading candidate" to manage the Marlins, as well.

Valentine was the Mets Triple-A manager when current Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik was the team's farm director. In addition to managing the Rangers and Mets, Valentine has two managing stints in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines. The Mariners not only have Ichiro Suzuki, who has said to want Valentine, but rare also owned by Nintendo of America.

McClendon is currently the hitting coach for the Tigers.

Stone notes the Mariners are still interested to see what happens with Tony La Russa and the Cardinals. The team would be interested in La Russa if he left St. Louis.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 9:40 pm
 

Mariners to interview Valentine, Cooper

Cecil Cooper The Mariners are set to begin interviewing candidates this week with four names in line for interviews.

Eric Wedge, who has interviewed for several gigs so far and was thought to be the front-runner to take over the Orioles at one point, will draw an interview along with ex-Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.

A source tells MyNorthwest.com 's Shannon Draper that there are two additional candidates. One is celebrity manager Bobby Valentine, who is in the running to take over the Marlins. Valentine would be a popular name in Seattle with its Japanese fan base, as the skipper spent several years in Japan, winning the Japan Series.

The other name is a bit of a surprise. Cecil Cooper is also expected to interview. Cooper was last seen piloting the Astros to a 171-170 record from 2007-09, replacing Phil Garner for the final 31 games and being fired with 13 games left in 2009. Cooper led the 'Stros to an 86-75 mark in 2008 but was reportedly a very unpopular manager with both players and fans.

However, Brewers GM Jack Zduriencik has ties with Cooper: he was a scout, farm director and bench coach for Milwaukee following his playing career which ended after 1987.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 12:21 pm
 

Bobby V a 'frontrunner' again for Marlins

Bobby Valentine Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the Palm Beach Post is reporting Bobby Valentine is the frontrunner for the Marlins' manager job.

Joe Capozzi cites a source "familiar with the process" as saying Valentine is the "leading candidate."

"Things are getting very interesting," a source told Capozzi.

The Marlins and Valentine were close to a deal in June, but negotiations apparently broke down. Valentine is said to be a close friend of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.

Fredi Gonzalez was fired on June 23 and it appeared Valentine would replace him. However, Edwin Rodriguez, the interim manager, was then told he'd manage the rest of the year on June 29. That night, Valentine said on national television that the Marlins' search process was "insulting at times."

Valentine, 60, has managed the Rangers and Mets, as well as serving two stints in Japan.

Capozzi says the Marlins are also interested in Tony Pena, Tim Wallach, Jim Fregosi and Bo Porter. The Marlins may be interested in Ozzie Guillen if he doesn't return to the White Sox, but all signs since the end of the season seem to point to him returning to Chicago.

Valentine has also been mentioned as a possibility for the Mariners' vacant position.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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