Tag:Managerial news
Posted on: October 18, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:57 am

Tony La Russa returning to Cardinals

Tony La Russa The Cardinals will bring back skipper Tony La Russa for at least one more year, with a mutual option for 2012, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Derrick Goold reports.

La Russa had been considering his future since the offseason ended and took a road trip to help figure out if he wanted to return for a 33rd year. The answer is in the affirmative, so the future Hall of Fame manager will skipper a 16th season in town.

This is a no-brainer move as La Russa will return to coach Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright. With that collection of talent, contention is certain as long as the other positions average out to league-average.

While La Russa's decision was supposed to come sooner than Oct. 18, reports had the team and La Russa discussing the composition of the coaching staff. Those decisions have been put to rest, as every coach save for the bullpen coach will be offered contracts, including Mark McGwire.

The bullpen coach who now finds himself without a job is Marty Mason, a longtime right-hand man of Dave Duncan, as Joe Strauss reports for the Post-Dispatch . Mason's departure was announced prior to any formal announcement of La Russa's return.

Mason has been in his position for 12 seasons after serving as Triple-A pitching coach from 1997-99. Despite his longstanding affiliation with La Russa and Duncan, it wasn't enough to save his job as club sources told Strauss Mason's concern on the "integrity of the player development pipeline" is what led to his dismissal.

Regardless of any disagreements Mason may have had with GM John Mozeliak, it's still a curious move. He has presided over what has been a largely successful bullpen, ranking sixth in NL relief ERA in 2010 and fourth in 2009. He was also popular with the team's pitchers.

As Strauss writes:


Pitchers frequently credited Mason as the go-to man for mechanical issues and described the working relationship between he and Duncan as a major reason for the team's tradition of pitching success. While Duncan is typically viewed as stoic, pensive and even intimidating to some younger arms, Mason served as a folksy buffer also adept at breaking down a pitcher's delivery.
La Russa holds a 1,318-1,110 mark for the Cardinals and has 2,638 wins overall split between the White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals. If he manages for two more seasons, he will move into second place in total victories as manager, supplanting John McGraw. If St. Louis can somehow cobble together a 126-win squad -- which would be a record -- La Russa would move into second place in 2011. First place with Connie Mack is out of reach with an incredible 3,731 wins in 53 years of managing. Mack's career 3,948 losses is also safe, so La Russa would have the most wins by a manager who also won more than he lost.



Eric Wedge was formally announced as the Mariners manager, with a press conference to come Tuesday. Wedge reportedly blew away the Mariners front office in his interviews, vaulting him over Bobby Valentine as the preferred choice.

The loss of Wedge might just be the Pirates' gain, however, as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review points out. Rob Biertempfel notes that Wedge is much like ex-Pirates skipper John Russell in that the two don't show emotion. That was one of the major knocks against Russell, so Biertempfel wonders if the Pirates didn't dodge a bullet on losing the perceived frontrunner in Wedge.

With the Marlins seemingly poised to leap on Bo Porter, that leaves Pittsburgh with five candidates: Dale Sveum, Jeff Banister, Ken Macha, John Gibbons and Carlos Tosca. It is unknown if there are more interviews in the pipeline.

Of these five candidates, Biertempfel tabs Gibbons as the victor.

"He seems to have many of the qualifications for the gig -- a livelier personality than Russell, knowledge of what it takes to succeed in a so-called mid-market [Toronto], the ability to teach and motivate younger players, a bit of major league experience and a [I would presume] a reasonable price tag," he writes.

In the other three vacancies for the Cubs, Brewers and Mets there have not been any recent developments. Mike Quade and Bob Melvin are still the favorites for the Cubs and Brewers respectively, while the Mets want to hire a GM first.

-- Evan Brunell

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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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Posted on: October 17, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:57 am

La Russa's return 'almost certain'

Tony La Russa
Tony La Russa's return to the Cardinals could now be just a matter of deciding when to announce it, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A person who spoke to the manager about the situation told the paper that he would be "very surprised" if La Russa did not come back for his 16th season. La Russa has had a series of daily discussions with owner Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak, all three addressing their concerns about the future.

The front office is apparently concerned about the makeup of La Russa's coaching staff, and several of the coaches, whose contracts expire at the end of the month, say they have heard nothing about their futures.

La Russa is not expected to be in St. Louis for the announcement of his return, which could come this week before the team's scouts convene for meetings. The Cardinals would need to wait until both league championship series conclude, or work out permission from the commissioner's office to announce it on an off day. No off days are scheduled this week, but could come if either series ends early. The Mariners are also believed to be waiting for the first opportunity to introduce Eric Wedge as their new manager.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:03 am

Showalter still deciding on coaches

Because during the middle of the ALCS opener you are consumed with worry over the Orioles' coaching staff, we bring you this update: There's no news.

The Baltimore Sun reports that manager Buck Showalter, hired midseason, on Friday was calling the coaches he inherited and telling them he's still deciding what he wants to do with the staff for next season. (How exactly does that call go? "Uh, hey, it's Buck. Just calling to tell you I don't know whether you still have a job." Awkward.) He had told the coaches at the end of the season that he expected to make decisions within a few days, but the process is taking longer.

The Sun points out that the holdup might be the Blue Jays' massive managerial search. They are apparently interviewing everyone who has ever worked in baseball, and that includes two men who formerly coached with Showalter that he might like to hire: Jays third base coach Brian Butterfield and deposed Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 6:26 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:57 am

Jays have interviewed 14 managerial candidates

It's been just 12 days since the end of the regular season, which marked the end of Cito Gaston's tenure as Toronto's manager, and the Blue Jays have been extremely busy. Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Jays have already interviewed 14 candidates, either in person or by phone. Whoever they wind up with, you can't say they didn't put in their due diligence.

  • 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 (reportedly hired by the Mariners)

Elliott also speculates that the Jays have at least seven other people on their list to interview.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
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 5:44 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:34 am

Pirates interview Tosca

Carlos Tosca The Pirates have interviewed former Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca, the team announced. He's the second former Toronto skipper to interview with the team, along with John Gibbons, and seventh overall.

Tosca had a 191-191 record from 2002-04 in Toronto. He most recently served as the Marlins bench coach from 2007-10. He was named Fredi Gonzalez's bench coach in Atlanta, but has yet to sign a contract.

Pittsburgh has also interviewed Dale Sveum, Eric Wedge, Bo Porter, Ken Macha and Jeff Banister.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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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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