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Details on why Tim Wallach wasn’t allowed to interview with the Blue Jays

Oct 19, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

Tony Jackson of did some digging and uncovered why Tim Wallach agreed to a contract with the Dodgers that allowed him to interview for certain managerial openings (like the Brewers) while prohibiting him from pursuing other jobs (like the Blue Jays):

Wallach was allowed to make those lists himself while negotiating the deal, which the source said was unusually beneficial to Wallach in terms of both length and financial compensation. Because there are so many major league managerial openings this winter … the Dodgers didn’t want Wallach to interview for all of them, presumably because that would have held up their effort to fill their coaching staff.

So Wallach was asked to prioritize those eight clubs based on his level of interest before any of those teams even requested permission to talk to him. It isn’t clear how many teams are on the “can-talk-to” list and how many are on the “can’t-talk-to” list. But the source said the Brewers and Blue Jays are the only teams that requested permission to speak with Wallach.

In other words, if Wallach had been better at predicting which teams would be interested in him as a potential manager he’d have been allowed to talk to the Blue Jays, who’re now upset that the Dodgers denied their interview request.

According to Jackson, if Wallach isn’t hired by the Brewers he’ll remain with the Dodgers, likely as the third base coach on Don Mattingly’s staff. Jackson reports that the current third base coach, Larry Bowa, is not expected back in 2011.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 19, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    The logic of all this seems idiotic to me, and the Bums’ reaction to the situation nothing shy of petty and punitive. Sure, if it’s true, Wallach shot himself in the foot with his selections, but so what? It’s October and it’s not as if interviewing for the Jays this week would leave the Bums up against the wall for picking a new….bench coach!? Fart in a space suit!

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 19, 2010 at 7:04 PM

      Something sure smells doesn’t it.

      • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2010 at 12:09 AM

        It does, but we must always be careful of attributing to conspiracy what might just as well be attributed to stupidity. As the first Supreme Court Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall, reportedly said to Aaron Burr about Thomas Jefferson, “his insincerity is never premeditated; it is always spontaneous.”

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