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Posted on: October 23, 2010 10:18 pm
 

Red Sox owner says goodbye to Farrell


Boy, it's going to get really awkward for John Henry if the Blue Jays aren't really going to name John Farrell their new manager. The Red Sox pitching coach has been identified as Toronto's pick by process of elimination, though the Jays aren't talking, presumably because they're waiting on the commissioner's office to give them the go-ahead for an announcement.

But Henry, the Red Sox owner, apparently has some inside information. Asked by the Boston Globe for a reaction to Farrell's departure, he had this to say:

 

"The Jays are getting a great baseball man and a great person. We were able to keep John as a part of our organization longer than a couple of other teams would have wanted, but it really is time for John to step up to the next level. He will be an effective, excellent manager. I expect him to manage in MLB for as long as he wants to. He's going to an excellent young team with a strong and smart hierarchy. The Blue Jays are going to be a force in the AL East for some time to come.

I am grateful for the years John Farrell gave to the Red Sox. He will be missed."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 6:00 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 6:17 pm
 

Report: Hale eliminated by Jays

Here's the detailed version of how things have developed in the past 24 hours regarding news about the Blue Jays' managerial search, but the short version is this: It looked like it was down to two members of the Red Sox staff, pitching coach John Farrell and bench coach DeMarlo Hale.

Now Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports via Twitter that Hale has been informed he's out of the running. So, if the previous scenario was true, that means Farrell is your next Blue Jays manager.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Not so fast: Jays may be eyeing Hale

When Peter Gammons tweeted that three GMs considered John Farrell a fait accompli for the Blue Jays job, many assumed it was all but a done deal.

Except Gammons himself is wondering if he was a bit premature in tweeting the news. Gammons has a new tweet that reports that Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulous is still considering DeMarlo Hale.

Both Farrell and Hale work for the Red Sox -- Farrell has been the pitching coach for four seasons while Hale managed in the minors for the Red Sox and Rangers. He then served as first-base coach for Texas from 2002-04 before moving to Boston for the 2006 season as third-base coach. He remained in that role through 2009 before transitioning to bench coach once Brad Mills left to manage Houston.

A decision is expected very soon and will likely come prior to the World Series beginning play. One thing's for sure: Boston's going to have to replace at least one coach.

UPDATE : Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com hears that Sandy Alomar, Jr. has been told he is out of the running for the job.

UPDATE : Gammons appeared on The Big Show Friday with an update on Toronto's search.

GM Alex Anthopoulous is backing Hale, while assistant GM Tony LaCava and others want Farrell.  A decision is supposed to be made tonight, and the Jays will inform the Red Sox of their decision. It sounds as if Boston is hoping that Anthopoulous goes with his choice over Farrell.

'I think the Red Sox know that it’s going to be really difficult, given the pitching staff, to replace John Farrell," Gammons said. "There just isn’t anybody out there right now. … I don’t really think they know what direction they’re going in when John leaves. I think they’re worried about this. Very worried.”

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 10:45 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 12:30 pm
 

Farrell Jays' pick? Maybe


The baseball blogosphere is ablaze with the "news" that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is Toronto's pick to be the next manager. But if you look closer, you'll see that it all stems from a single Twitter post by Peter Gammons of MLB Network: "Three GMs today insisted John Farrell will get the Toronto job. The final list was the product of exhaustive, thoughtful due diligence"

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Not saying Gammons, one of the most connected people in baseball, is wrong. But this is a Twitter post -- no media outlet anywhere, including MLB.com, for whom Gammons works, has reported this. Blue Jays president Paul Beeston told the Globe and Mail on Thursday that "we haven't made any decision." And which three GMs "insisted"? If two of them are the GMs of the Blue Jays and Red Sox, this story probably has legs. If it's the GMs of the Padres, Rockies and Braves, it's just industry chatter.

So for now, this one sits squarely in the "rumor" category.

-- David Andriesen

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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 21, 2010 5:56 pm
 

Report: Gibbons drops out of Pirates search

John Gibbons
In what doesn't seem like a good sign for the appeal of the manager's job in Pittsburgh, John Gibbons has dropped out of the race to lead the last-place Pirates in order to remain in the No. 2 job for the last-place Royals.

The Kansas City bench coach, who managed the Blue Jays from mid-2004 to mid-2008, was looking like the possible front-runner to replace John Russell, but Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports (via Twitter) that Gibbons will stay put. And it seems unlikely that he's just waiting for the big job in Kansas City, as the Royals didn't pick him when they fired Trey Hillman early last season, and Ned Yost has a contract through 2012.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Thursday that the Pirates' search could be on hold until the Yankees are eliminated so they can talk to bench coach Tony Pena, a former Pirates catcher. Other know Pirates candidates are Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 11:22 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 11:48 am
 

Fourth Jays' candidate emerges

Not so fast, DeMarlo Hale.

Hold your horses, John Farrell.

Cancel your travel plans, Sandy Alomar Jr.

There's a fourth candidate in the hunt for the Toronto Blue Jays' managerial job, as WEEI's Rob Bradford reveals -- not three, as previously thought . That's Brian Butterfield, the Jays' third-base coach under Cito Gaston.

Butterfield has also served as a bench coach in his nine years with the Jays. The Maine native (who still resides in the state) has managerial experience in the Yankees' farm system and is a competitive candidate.

Toronto reached out to a staggering number of candidates, but now have culled the list to just four. An announcement should be forthcoming in the next week or two. It's possible Toronto may be waiting for the Giants, Phillies, Rangers and Yankees to wrap up their seasons as a host of candidates from these teams could be managing another team in 2011.

These names include Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle (Rockies manager 2002-2009), Giants bench coach Ron Wotus, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson along with bench coach Tony Pena.

In fact, Pena is linked to the Pirates gig , as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:39 am
 

Pirates waiting for Pena?

Tony Pena The Pirates may have their eye on one of the LCS coaches, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes .

The candidate that could make the most sense is Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, a former Pirates catcher.

The Pirates have announced each candidate after their interviews, but haven't done so since last Thursday.

"The managerial search is an ongoing process," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Beirtempfel. "We continue to do due diligence on candidates and are considering additional interviews."

In addition to Pena, the Pirates could also interview Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Giants bench coach Ron Wotus and Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson.

The Pirates have already interviewed Eric Wedge, hired Monday by the Mariners, John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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