After parting ways with Jeff Banister late in the season, the Rangers are working to decide who’ll lead their dugout in 2019. Interim manager Don Wakamatsu is expected to be one of the candidates, though he had only a brief window in which to impress GM Jon Daniels and company.
As we have done with other openings of this kind, we’ll use this post to track the most recent developments in the hiring process in Texas.
Latest Updates — Oct. 15
- Both David Bell and Rocco Baldelli interviewed with the Rangers today, per MLB.com’s TR Sullivan (Twitter links).
- Mark DeRosa has declined the opportunity to interview for the Rangers’ managerial post, tweets Jon Morosi of MLB.com. DeRosa, 43, is happy in his current position at MLB Network, according to Morosi. That would seem to rule him out from other vacancies — he’s reportedly been of interest to the Twins and was also speculatively linked to the Blue Jays — though this morning’s report only specifically mentions the Rangers organization.
Candidates Who Have Interviewed
- Don Wakamatsu, interim manager, Rangers. GM Jon Daniels announced that Wakamatsu would receive consideration for the post.
- Jayce Tingler, assistant GM, Rangers. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram identified Tingler as a candidate; Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweeted that he has interviewed.
- Brandon Hyde, bench coach, Cubs. Recently became one of the earliest outside candidates to interview, per Grant.
- Joe Espada, bench coach, Astros. Interviewed via phone due to current duties, per Grant. First identified by Wilson as a candidate, Espada is in his first year as bench coach after taking over the post from current Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
- Joe Girardi, former manager, Yankees & Marlins. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Girardi was interviewed on Oct. 12. The 53-year-old Girardi also spent a year as the Marlins’ manager in 2006 and has an overall record of 988-794 as a Major League manager.
- David Bell, VP of player development, Giants. Previously, Bell served as the bench coach for the Cardinals. The 12-year MLB veteran has coached for other organizations and managed in the minors as well. MLB.com’s TR Sullivan tweeted that Bell had interviewed; he was originally tied to the Rangers by Grant.
- Rocco Baldelli, field coordinator, Rays: Health problems derailed his promising major league career, but Baldelli has carved out a new path in the game. The 37-year-old has been on the Tampa Bay MLB coaching staff since 2014. MLB.com’s TR Sullivan tweeted that Baldelli had interviewed; he was originally tied to the Rangers by Grant.
Candidates Expected to Interview
- Dusty Wathan, third base coach, Phillies: He’ll sit down with the Texas brass, Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Wathan, a former Triple-A manager, was considered a leading candidate for the Phillies’ managerial post last winter and ended up joining the staff of Gabe Kapler.
- Sandy Alomar Jr., first base coach, Indians: The long-time MLB backstop, who has come up frequently in past managerial searches, is also expected to get a look, according to Wilson.
- Grant lists Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward and Padres Triple-A manager (and former Rangers catcher) Rod Barajas as other possible candidates. The Rangers “have done significant due diligence” on each of Alomar, Espada, Woodward, Barajas and DeRosa, per Grant, though it’s not yet clear which of that bunch will sit down with the organization for a formal interview.
- Having started with around forty potential candidates, per MLB.com’s TR Sullivan, the Texas organization evidently still has some paring to do. He names a host of other new possibilities, though it’s unclear whether any are going to receive an opportunity to interview. Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley is a possibility, as others have mentioned previously, as is Triple-A skipper Jason Wood. Other names of note include Omar Vizquel (White Sox minor-league manager), who is said to have “received initial consideration,” along with Gary DiSarcina (Mets third base coach), Jay Bell (Yankees minor-league manager), and Hensley Meulens (Giants bench coach).
- Prior indications are that long-time Rangers second bagger Michael Young would be a strong candidate if he had interest in the position. To this point, though, there’s no indication that he does. As noted in that link and in another recent MLBTR post, a whole host of other names have been floated as possibilities. To this point, though, only those listed above have emerged as clear candidates. (And for those who are wondering, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan wrote in a recent Rangers Inbox column that Adrian Beltre “has expressed zero interest in managing.”)
Not Under Consideration
- The Rangers had interest in former big leaguer and current MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa, per Grant, but MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reports that DeRosa is enjoying his current position and has declined the opportunity to interview (Twitter link).