Managerial Notes: Red Sox, Rockies

The latest managerial news from around MLB…

  • The Red Sox have contacted Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach to determine his interest in their managerial opening, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Wallach is interested and the Red Sox are expected to interview him in the coming days. 
  • Boston continues to target Blue Jays manager John Farrell, Silverman reports. However, hiring Farrell could involve compensation or take a long time, so the club's exploring options such as Wallach, who also drew interest from Boston last offseason. Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus is believed to be on Boston's list of possible candidates.
  • The Red Sox intend to start interviews related to their managerial opening on Friday, Rob Bradford of reports. The process will likely continue over the weekend and early next week, Bradford reports.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports outlines the Rockies' managerial options, including Wallach. Under Colorado's new front office structure, director of Major League operations Bill Geivett assumes some of the responsibilities that would traditionally go to the field manager.
  • MLBTR had two sets of managerial links yesterday which are worth checking out.

23 Responses to Managerial Notes: Red Sox, Rockies Leave a Reply

  1. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Tim Wallach?? Is Gene LaMont going to get interviewed again also? Would rather see Ausmus than Wallach, or some young, rookie manager at least who hadn’t been out of the game for an extended period if they are going to ignore ex Red Sox players.

    • drjayphd 3 years ago

      I’m not sure they’re ignoring Red Sox alumni as much as it is there aren’t a lot of interested parties. Mike Lowell’s already said he’s not looking to manage, the Dodgers might cling tenaciously to Bill Mueller as if he were Powdered Toast Man, and Joe McEwing might be in the same boat with the White Sox. The best recent-graduate candidate is probably Jason Varitek, but I don’t think things went well when a reporter asked him about that before.

      • BlueSkyLA
        BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

        Mueller is an assistant to the GM. He only very briefly held a coaching position with the Dodgers, and that was years ago. Never heard his named and the words “future manager” in the same sentence. So I’m sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t know what you are talking about.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          Not positve, but think WEeI mentioned his name a couple of times as a possibility and that “could” have been where that poster got the idea from.

          Mikey Lowell am sure has said is disinterested in managing at the present. he took the time to go live on air and make that known, but might in the future.

          The ex Sox players was mainly interested in as potential managers are way further back than Lowell and Mueller anyway. Dwight Evans, who is a special assistant for the FO, as well as a roving instructor and has coached before and LT ex coach Tommy Harper, who would be the 1st.. Trying to use the right word.. Minority manager in Boston and was VERY popular in Boston as a player and one of my favorites as well.

          • BlueSkyLA
            BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

            Would be kind of a shock to see Mueller plucked out his current obscurity to be considered as a manager. I don’t see what he brings to the table, except some history in Boston. Wallach and Ausmus are to two people I’d expect to see managing somewhere, someday. The other Boston alums I don’t know enough about to comment.

        • drjayphd 3 years ago

          ESPN posted a list of 15 possible candidates on their Red Sox blog right after Valentine got fired. These weren’t definite candidates either, just suggestions. I just ran down that list looking for former players, and they mentioned Mueller. (I’d post the link, but… ya know, commenting rules.)

          • BlueSkyLA
            BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

            Well if ESPN said it, it must be true. 😉

          • Lamar Smith 3 years ago

            ESPN isn’t the only one who mentioned his name as a potential manager.

      • NickinIthaca 3 years ago

        Awesome Ren and Stimpy reference!

    • BlueSkyLA
      BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      Wallach was named Minor League Manager of the Year two years back, in fact right before Mattingley was hired as the manager of the Dodgers. A lot of people though Wallach was more deserving, given his experience and history with the organization. He got the coaching position in what looked like a consolation prize. Wallach will get a managers’s assignment somewhere. If Boston doesn’t want him, somebody else will before long.

      • Lamar Smith 3 years ago

        The Rockies are set to interview him as well.

  2. JackParkman 3 years ago

    Brad Ausmus should be the guy. Youthful energy, former catcher, high baseball IQ. It worked with Matheny in St Louis.

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      He’s so intriguing.

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      I really like the idea of former catchers as managers. They already have a wealth of experience “directing” a game, as it were.

      • Red_Line_9 3 years ago

        I’m still waiting on Steve Lake to get that call, but he might be stuck somewhere behind Tom Nieto.

  3. I think Wallach might be a good fit. He played with Tito back in the
    Expos days. I also think they should move on from Farrell and get
    someone in place quickly.

    • drjayphd 3 years ago

      Precisely on moving on from Farrell. He’s not worth trading anyone of note (and the Blue Jays aren’t going to settle for someone of Chris Carpenter’s caliber (both the reliever and the injured Cy Young winner)) just to get him now, and he probably isn’t going to be much better than any other candidates out there now.

      If they really wanted Farrell that badly, they should have hung on to Bobby Valentine for one more season, given him the boot, and pounced on Farrell as soon as his contract ran out. But they decided keeping Valentine around wasn’t worth the damage he’d do to the clubhouse, and it’s probably for the best if they go in another direction than Farrell.

      • Rob 3 years ago

        I agree 100%. Farrell really hasn’t shined for the Jays and this team needs a fresh start not bring back an old coach. Not sure why such the passion for him since there are other guys out there like Wallach, Alomar etc who could be successful .

  4. Sean 3 years ago

    Bring in Varitek

  5. Guest 3 years ago

    if the blue jays were to trade farrell to the red sox who would be on the list of manager’s for the jays to hire?

  6. BtgJays 3 years ago

    if the jays did trade farrell are there any better managers for this team on the open market? if not they better aim very high like lester, pedroia, or bucholz for farrell, which most likely wont happen. no need for a lateral move enless we get something of real value in return

    • $17857693 3 years ago

      The best you would get is Aviles, and if you want a pitcher, have Lackey

  7. johnsilver 3 years ago

    “in defiance of tyranny” That was George Wallace wasn’t it.. But always thought myself he was *IN* favor of tyranny… :-(

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