Tag:managerial news
Posted on: October 20, 2010 1:46 pm
 

Report: Jays narrow list to three

After interviewing half of Ontario, the Blue Jays appear to be narrowing their list of managerial candidates, as we're getting scattered reports of candidates being told they're out of the mix. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com is told by a source that Toronto is down to three: Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr.

None of the three has major-league managing experience, and only Hale has any managing experience at any level. He managed nine years in the minors in the Boston and Texas systems, including two years at Triple-A for the Rangers.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 20, 2010 1:10 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 1:11 pm
 

Hendry: Sandberg welcome back to old job

Ryne Sandberg
Ryne Sandberg was crushed to learn he was passed over for the Cubs' managerial job, and figured his time with the franchise was over. Speaking with the Chicago Tribune shortly after getting the bad news via telephone, Sandberg said, "I haven't been offered anything" with the organization.

But Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told the paper Wednesday that the Chicago legend is welcome to return to his previous job, managing the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa club.

"He is certainly welcome to return to Iowa," Hendry said. "We think he did a great job there. This was a very tough decision and one that I tossed and turned over. However, I love Ryne Sandberg and have tremendous respect for him."

That was news to Sandberg, who is continuing to seek interviews for managing jobs elsewhere, when reached by a reporter Wednesday.

"There was nothing offered to me yesterday," he said. "I was unaware that they wanted me back until I heard it from you. I guess it is an option. I'm going to take my time and see what is out there."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:29 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 8:10 pm
 

Jays' eyes on LCS coaches?

The Blue Jays will announce their new manager within a week of the end of the World Series, Toronto Star columnist Richard Griffin writes .

The list of those interviewed by the Blue Jays keeps growing (it's around 16 or so, it seems), but does that timing indicate Toronto is just dragging it out in order to get someone still involved in the playoffs?

Yankees third-base coach Rob Thomson has apparently been "in the mix" since the beginning, while other candidates include Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin. Before Game 3 of the Phillies-Reds series, Mackanin told CBSSports.com that he hadn't been contacted by anyone yet.

Thompson is a Canadian, which could help him in the hiring process, Griffin writes. The New York Post reports Thomson has been contacted by the Blue Jays to "break the ice."

Griffin also notes the Blue Jays will insist whoever takes the position keeps pitching coach Bruce Walton on their staff.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos has said the team will have a manager in place by the winter meetings in December.

UPDATE: Well, scratch that whole Thompson going back to Canada thing -- the Canadian Press reports Thompson, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, Jays Double-A manager Luis Rivera and Class A manager Sal Fasano have been told they've been eliminated from consideration.

Additionally, the Toronto Sun 's Bob Elliot spoke to Don Baylor, who has been told he's not longer in the running, either.

Right now, Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and DeMarlo Hale, the Red Sox bench coach, seem to be the front-runners.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 3:17 pm
 

Quade hired as Cubs manager

Mike Quade Well, look at that.

Seems like interim managers do have a shot at keeping their job, however.

With the Orioles, Mariners and Marlins all either moving on or poised to move on from interim managers and Jerry Dipoto falling by the wayside as interim GM, it's not a good time to be interim anything.

Except if you're Mike Quade.

Originally hired as a placeholder to replace Lou Piniella and make sure Ryne Sandberg didn't get thrust in a lose-lose situation, Quade instead ran up a 24-13 record as a 53-year-old behind the Cubs bench.

That's enough to stave off Sandberg, the prohibitive favorite. Quade is now the permanent manager of the club, as the Cubs' website reports .

Quade will receive a two-year contract with a club option for the 2013 season, with a news conference held at 4 p.m. EST announcing Quade.

Quade will begin his ninth year in the organization as skipper after serving as Piniella's third-base coach for four seasons. He previously managed Triple-A Iowa (where Sandberg now manages) from 2003-06.

It's not yet known whether Sandberg will leave the organization.

UPDATE : Sandberg has decided to look for a job outside of the organization, he tells the Chicago Sun-Times .

"I just digest it today and just kind of change my focus and change my way of thinking a little bit," he said, "and see if there’s another opportunity out there somewhere to manage at the major league level or coach at the major league level."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Manager roundup: Porter, Blue Jays, McGwire

A previous report had Bo Porter the frontrunner to take over the Marlins, but sources told the South Florida Sun Sentinel 's Juan C. Rodriguez that characterizing Porter as anything but a simple candidate is inaccurate .

Porter has previously worked in the Marlins organization and is considered an up-and-comer, so he may still yet walk away with the job. However, it seems as if Florida is still considering other candidates.

JAYS TO ANNOUNCE MANAGER AFTER WORLD SERIES

Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star says the Blue Jays will hire their manager within seven days of the conclusion of the World Series. Griffin believes that is due to several candidates currently participating in the postseason that have yet to be interviewed.

Sandy Alomar Jr. has been interviewed three times along with a host of other candidates , but Yankees third-base coach Rob Thomson is the most notable of coaches still in the potseason. Thomson is a Canadian, which may help his candidacy.

Other candidates include Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.

IN OTHER COACHING NEWS...

Mark McGwire is undecided if he will return as hitting coach for the Cardinals, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch relays. McGwire is torn because he also wants to spend time with his family.

If he does elect to return, his second season will continue under skipper Tony La Russa, who agreed to return to St. Louis for 2011 on Monday.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:28 am
 

Bradley surprisingly supports Wedge hiring

Milton Bradley As soon as Eric Wedge was hired as the Mariners' manager, the focus turned to his relationship with Milton Bradley.

Bradley was traded from the Indians to the Dodgers before the 2004 season after a spring training incident with Wedge, then the Indians' manager.

Monday, Bradley texted the Seattle Times ' Larry Stone, writing , "Whatever took place was six or seven years ago and I'm over it."

Bradley also texted Stone: "He was a disciplinarian and I felt our team lacked discipline last year. Hopefully, he instills some of that."

Stone also did some homework looking into the incident of 2004 in a separate blog post . He digs up an old quote from Sports Illustrated in which Bradley said, "it was strictly a problem with Eric Wedge. Some people want to be bigger than they are. You have no credentials, you have no history of anything, how are you going to tell someone else what he needs to be doing? I can't respect somebody that has nothing to go on."

Bradley also allegedly wore a "F--- Eric Wedge" t-shirt with the Dodgers.

It will be interesting to see what Wedge has to say about the incident in his press conference on Tuesday, but he certainly already answered similar questions during the interview process. Bradley is owed $12 million for the last year of his contract in 2011, and would be difficult to trade without either eating a healthy bite of the contract or taking on another bad contract (which is how he ended up in Seattle). Stone notes Pittsburgh could be a match, not with a bad contract, but with a GM willing to put up with Bradley's crap in Neal Huntington, who was with Bradley in Montreal.

Bradley hit .205/.292/.348 with eight homers in 73 games after being swapped for Carlos Silva.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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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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