NEW YORK -- Last winter, Sandy Alomar Jr. got a chance to interview for two managing jobs.
Next winter, he could be the one getting the job.
People in baseball are starting to talk about the Indians bench coach as one of the game's best managerial candidates. There aren't many obvious job openings yet, but you can bet there will be some.
There always are.
Alomar, who interviewed with both the Cubs and the Red Sox, figures to be on candidate lists.
"It wouldn't surprise me one bit," Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said Monday. "I respect him totally. I think any player would be excited to play for him."
Alomar moved into the dugout this year, after two seasons as Manny Acta's first-base coach and two years before that working with the Mets catchers.
"Now that I'm on the bench, I see the game a different way," Alomar said.
But he tries to steer clear of talk about managing.
"Does every coach want to manage? Heck, yeah," he said. "But I'm not out seeking it. I try to do my job, take pride in it, and focus on what I'm doing now."
And let others campaign for him.
"Not only was he a good player, but he has a passion for the game," Acta said. "Word's going to get around. He's going to get his opportunity."
Word is already getting around. The opportunity will come.