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Blue Jays to interview Rays bench coach Dave Martinez

Oct 14, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

Add another name to the list of candidates interviewing for the Blue Jays’ managerial opening.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Jays plan to interview Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez as a possible replacement for Cito Gaston.

Martinez, 46, was a major league outfielder from 1986-2001, batting .276/.341/.389 over 1,918 games with the Cubs, Expos, Reds, Giants, White Sox, Rangers, Jays and Braves. He was hired as a coach by Joe Maddon’s Rays after the 2007 season.

The Blue Jays are speaking with a wide range of names this offseason, including Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine, Padres first base coach Rick Renteria, Red Sox third base coach Tim Bogar, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, former Mariners skipper Don Wakamatsu, Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell and a host of other coaches and former managers.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 15, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    The Jays are interviewing a lot of people in this round. There may also be coaches on the 4 teams still in the playoffs that they want to interview. Nobody in Toronto seriously wants Valentine. He would be out of place here. They do not plan to announce who the finalists are.

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