Odds & Ends: Rothschild, Listach, Wallach, Alderson

Some links to check out as the Reds try to extend their season…

  • Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune reminds us that Cubs' pitching coach Larry Rothschild has until tomorrow to pick up his option for 2011. Rothschild has worked closely with Carlos Zambrano over the last several years, watching over him like a "substitute teacher," to use Sullivan's words.
  • Meanwhile, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports that Nationals third base coach Pat Listach is no longer a candidate to manage the Cubs. 
  • Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that Tim Wallach will serve as either the Dodgers bench or third base coach next season unless another team hires him to be their manager.
  • Sandy Alderson asked and received permission from Bud Selig to interview with the Mets for the GM vacancy next Thursday or Friday, and The New York Post's Joel Sherman says that's an indication that Alderson wants the job badly.
  • Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer ranks everyone on the Indians 40-man roster based on what they did in 2010 and what they're expected to contribute in 2011.
  • In a mailbag piece, Hoynes says that insurance would cover some of the $28.75MM left on Travis Hafner's contract if he lands on the disabled list with a right shoulder issue. Pronk has been battling injuries to the shoulder since 2008.
  • John Tomase of The Boston Herald looks at all of the non-closer relievers who signed a multi-year deal worth at least $5MM over the last four seasons. In summary, it's not pretty. Not at all.


31 Responses to Odds & Ends: Rothschild, Listach, Wallach, Alderson Leave a Reply

  1. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Okay so there’s mutual interest. Now just give him the job before something goes sour.

    • CitizenSnips 5 years ago

      Best move for the Mets or would Hahn be a better fit?

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        Sandy Alderson is one of the smartest Baseball people around. This is definetly a good move.

      • Best move for the Mets (ouch). Alderson is a military man that knows how to organize and run things. He was also Billy Beane’s mentor and has the balls to tell Jeff Wilpon to leave him the hell alone. If the Mets were smart, they’d hire Alderson and give him free reign of that front office.

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          you are 100000000% right and are especially right about his autonomy (or freedom of having his own space). He is also a Dartmouth grad as well. And he is simply just one of the smartest Baseball people around giving the Mets automatically one of the best GM’s in Baseball. If anybody can turn the Mets organization in to the great organization it’s known for, it’s Sandy.

          Also Tony La Russa managed under Sandy for 11 years. I wonder if he’ll give him a call.

          • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

            NONONONONONONONONONONONONONO!!!!!

            If Alderson is hired, he cannot, under any circumstance bring in LaRussa. He just can’t. LaRussa would self destruct in the media glare in New York. It would not be pretty; it would not be at all be helpful to the Mets to employ LaRussa. Just say NOOOOOOOOOO!

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            so what you’re saying is that you want Tony La Russa to manage the Mets.

          • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

            NONONONONONONONONONONONONONO!!!!!

            If Alderson is hired, he cannot, under any circumstance bring in LaRussa. He just can’t. LaRussa would self destruct in the media glare in New York. It would not be pretty; it would not be at all be helpful to the Mets to employ LaRussa. Just say NOOOOOOOOOO!

          • Prepare to see Jose Reyes get benched for Ruben Tejada

          • Just_MLB 5 years ago

            what ?!!?

          • crashcameron 5 years ago

            “If anybody can turn the Mets organization in to the *great organization it’s known for*, it’s Sandy.”

            my, you have a good memory if you can remember that far back

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            no. I actually wasn’t even alive for ’86.

          • crashcameron 5 years ago

            you nailed it!

            me and the Mets ended when Tom Seaver left

  2. Wilsonl 5 years ago

    Hi

  3. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    I don’t understand the correlation between being watched and being a substitute teacher. Did Sullivan have a bad experience as a child with a substitute teacher?

  4. Mdey 5 years ago

    That Travis Hafner contract was a horrible deal. I said it back then, and of course I’m proved right.

    • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

      Do you have proof of this “alleged” Nostradamus like prediction?

    • HerbertAnchovy 5 years ago

      That’s pretty easy to say now though, isn’t it?

  5. Clearly the important news here is the stuff about former Brewers “great” Pat Listach (hey, at least he was the 1992 AL Rookie of the Year). Seeing him at the helm of the Cubs would have caused me and the four other Brewers fans willing acknowledge the existence of our dreadful 90s cast of characters to cringe.

    • studio179 5 years ago

      No worries, you’re safe. Listach had no chance getting the job.

  6. studio179 5 years ago

    I was hoping that the Ricketts family would hire Alderson to be more than a GM, but the Cubs president when they took over last year. It appears having a non baseball guy in Crane Kenney as presdent is good enough for the Cubs.

    Good move for the Mets.

  7. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    herro?

  8. “Goodbye!”- John Miller Home run call

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