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Sandy Alomar Jr., John Farrell, and DeMarlo Hale finalists in Blue Jays’ manager search

Oct 20, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com the Blue Jays have narrowed their long list of candidates to replace manager Cito Gaston down to three names: Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale.

Alomar and Farrell have never managed, while Hale managed in the minors prior to joining Terry Francona’s staff in Boston. Alomar has met with Blue Jays officials three times already, so not surprisingly Bradford reports that “Toronto is expected to finalize its search by next week.”

Also, the fact that Red Sox coaches Farrell and Hale are both among the three finalists has to be sort of discouraging for Boston first base coach Tim Bogar, who also interviewed for the Blue Jays’ job early on in the process. They brought in three members of the Red Sox’s coaching staff and liked two of them enough to make them finalists, but apparently their 90-minute interview with Bogar didn’t go as well.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 20, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Intriguing choices. Is it smart to go for a rookie manager at a time where the team’s at kind of a cornerstone in their development?

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 20, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    What is WEEI.com? I have never heard of them. Why should they be believed?

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