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Blue Jays upset that Dodgers denied their request to interview Tim Wallach

Oct 19, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

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Last week the Dodgers denied the Blue Jays permission to interview Tim Wallach for their managerial opening and Robert Macleod of the Toronto Globe and Mail reports that “the Blue Jays organization is miffed at the Dodgers for their refusal to make Wallach available.”

Macleod quotes an unnamed Blue Jays “senior official” as saying that “it makes no sense” and questions why Wallach’s contract has a clause that allows him to interview for certain teams but bans him from talking to others.

Wallach agreeing to that stipulation certainly seems odd, especially since he was just passed over for the Dodgers’ job in favor of Don Mattingly. Right now he’s slated to be a member of Mattingly’s coaching staff, but even if Mattingly struggles in his first managing job it would be several seasons before Wallach was in line to potentially replace him.

  1. dodger88 - Oct 19, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles has reported that due to the large number of managerial vacancies, it was written into Wallach’s contract that he could prioritize which vacancies he wanted to be considered for and clearly he did not consider the Blue Jay’s job high on his list. The Dodgers feared that if he threw his hat into the ring for all openings they would be unable to finalize their coaching staff until well into the offseason.

  2. BC - Oct 19, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    The Dodgers retained Wallach because they fear that Mattingly will be a clueless train wreck. They need someone in the dugout who can actually manage.

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