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Don Baylor interviewing with Blue Jays to replace Cito Gaston

Sep 30, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

Jon Heyman of reports that the Blue Jays have received permission from the Rockies to interview Don Baylor as a potential replacement for Cito Gaston.
Baylor is currently Colorado’s hitting coach, but managed the Cubs from 2000 to 2002 and the Rockies from 1993 to 1998. He compiled a career record of 440-469 (.484), including a 34-49 mark in 2002 before getting fired by the Cubs midway through the season.
According to Heyman’s sources, Gaston “has been trumpeting Baylor for the managing job behind the scenes.” Baylor is believed to be one of as many as 15 candidates likely to receive preliminary phone interviews before the Blue Jays narrow down the list.
Toronto has reportedly already interviewed former Indians manager Eric Wedge and former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, and Heyman notes that Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson and Blue Jays third base coach Brian Butterfield are also expected to get calls.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Sep 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    The Jays will be interviewing many candidates. They plan to be secretive as they do not want to let other teams know who they are really interested in. Any leaks will not come from the Jays.

  2. HomeHalfwayDotNet - Sep 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Good guy, blah coach. When he managed the Cubs, all he did was put me to sleep.

  3. Glenn - Sep 30, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    As a Bosox fan, I hope he gets the job.

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