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Brian Butterfield is the fourth finalist for Blue Jays job

Oct 21, 2010, 10:18 AM EST

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Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reported yesterday that the Blue Jays had narrowed their manager search down to Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, but today he writes that there’s a fourth finalist:

Toronto third base coach Brian Butterfield.

It makes some sense that the Blue Jays would have one in-house candidate still in the mix, and in addition to serving as third base coach Butterfield previously worked as a bench coach and managed in the minors. Overall he’s been with the Blue Jays for nine seasons.

Toronto is expected to make a decision by the end of the month.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Please explain to me how somebody in Boston knows what the Blue Jays are up to? He may be right, but somehow, I doubt it.

    • mcsnide - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:27 AM

      Bradford wrote a book several years ago on the Blue Jays and Red Sox front offices. My guess is that he still has good contacts inside the Toronto organization. Whether he’s right or not this time, who knows? If he keeps expanding the finalist list, though, he’s bound to get the right guy, right?

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2010 at 10:59 AM

        His main contact in the Toronto front office would have been J. P. Ricciardi (a resident of Boston) has since been fired. The new GM is notorious for his love of secrecy. He does not leak anything. The moves he made last season were a complete surprise to the media.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    So where is the “Pete Gammons says that John Farrell will get the job” story.

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    As far as Butterfield is concerned, he has been quoted as saying on MLB.com that since Toronto’s GM has not told him that he is no longer under consideration, then he is obviously still under consideration. I am still puzzled as to how these reports out of Boston claiming inside information have come about.

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