Thursday, October 10, 2013
Checking in on open managerial positions
By AJ Mass
With the news that Joe Girardi has reached an agreement to remain the manager of the New York Yankees through the 2017 season, there's a good chance that many of the remaining managerial "dominoes" around the major leagues will begin to fall.
Girardi would have become a "free agent" at the end of October, and several other teams had been rumored to be interested in pursuing his services. Now that he's no longer in play, let's take a quick look around the league and outline who the top candidates are for each team still looking for a leader:
- Chicago Cubs: Perhaps the most vocal in their pursuit of Girardi, it's time for the Cubs to come up with a Plan B. They reportedly have already spoken with current ESPN analyst and former big league skipper Manny Acta, as well as with San Diego Padres executive A.J. Hinch. They are also expected to reach out to another Padres staff member, bench coach Rick Renteria, and perhaps also to Sandy Alomar Jr. (Indians bench coach) and Dave Martinez (Rays bench coach).
- Cincinnati Reds: It's looking as though the Reds will remain in-house to replace Dusty Baker, be it in the form of current pitching coach Bryan Price or Triple-A manager Jim Riggleman. However, former Reds player Paul O'Neill has expressed interest in "sitting down and finding out what their thoughts are" regarding his possible involvement with the organization. Hall of Famer Barry Larkin has also said he'd be willing to listen to an offer, should the Reds reach out.
- Washington Nationals: Dusty Baker has thrown his hat into the ring as a potential replacement for Davey Johnson. According to the Washington Post, Baker had his agent contact Nats GM Mike Rizzo to express his interest in the job. Current favorites to get the position include Nationals coach Randy Knorr, Arizona coach Matt Williams and a surprise entrant to the discussion, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.
- Seattle Mariners: Caught a bit by surprise with Eric Wedge's announcement that he was not returning for 2014, the Mariners will take their time writing out their interview invitations. Robby Thompson, who filled in for Wedge when the skipper was recovering from a stroke this season, should be in the mix. Other names beginning to surface are current coaches Chip Hale (Oakland), Ron Wotus (San Francisco) and Pete Mackanin (Philadelphia). At the moment, the team seems content to take their time with the process, and likely will be the last club to make a hire.
- Colorado Rockies: According to the Denver Post, owner Dick Monfort says that current manager Walt Weiss will be signed to a multi-year deal by the end of the next week to remain in charge of the Rockies. He will join Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers, Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels and Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins as managers who were rumored to be on the hot seat yet have been given another chance by their team to man the helm in 2014.
Wallace MatthewsJoe Girardi re-signs with Yankees
"With his new contract, which will keep him a Yankee longer than any currently signed player with the exception of Alex Rodriguez, Girardi joins them as a key member in the storied history of baseball's all-time winningest franchise. That, along with the hefty paycheck, may well have played a role in Girardi's decision to forego waiting for his existing contract to expire on October 31 in order to pursue expected offers from the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals."