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The Rockies managerial field is set at six

Oct 31, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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This isn’t the Red Sox 2011 search for a Terry Francona replacement — that was quite the drawn-out saga — but the Rockies are taking their time finding a replacement for Jim Tracy.  They’ve interviewed six guys, but Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says the field is not likely to grow any more.

The six: Jason Giambi, Walt Weiss, Jerry Manuel, Pete Mackanin, Matt Williams and current  bench coach Tom Runnells.

Kind of an interesting slate. Giambi and Weiss have no managing or big league coaching experience. Manuel has been out of the game for a couple of years and no one, when he was fired after the 2010 season, thought he’d be back managing, did they? Mackanin was a candidate for the Boston last year but his manager-in-waiting status seemed to take a hit when the Phillies opted not to renew his contract. Given that Tracy was canned, and it was more a team direction thing than it was because he was some singularly flaming idiot or anything, one wonders why his bench coach would be a candidate.

Of course, what goes in Denver has never been the clearest thing in the world. In some ways they’ve always given off an Eastern Bloc vibe. Things happen there and we have to spend some time afterward trying to decide how that happened and what it all means.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Me for Giambi. I think he’d make a cool manager.

    Meanwhile, for what it’s worth, Bryan Price just withdrew himself from consideration for the Feesh job. He had been tabbed as the runnerup to Mike Redmond in the captaincy of the Titanic sweepstakes. Since this is the second time he has interviewed for the Feesh, you gotta wonder what he…awww, no you don’t. Not really.

    • Old Gator - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      And remember, you read it here – first.

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Just let Giambi do the job. They need an unassuming robot down there in the dugout as they go forward with a 75 pitch limit for their starters and whatever else they think will “save” their team in the NL West.

    It’s not looking good. The Giants are good. The Dodgers WILL get better. The Padres are moving those fences in and will miraculously hit again. The D-Backs had are capable of SO much more as witnessed in 2011.

    The Rockies are cooked. And for a long time. Too bad Bruce Bochy isn’t available to manage that team and their shitty bullpen because he’s just about the only guy right now that can get the job done.

    • personalspaceinvader - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      You obviously haven’t kept up with this situation at all.

      1. The Rockies have scrapped the 75-pitch 4 man experiment going forward.

      2. The “shitty” bullpen was actually one of the better bullpens in the league, especially considering their ridiculous workload. Starting pitching and defense were the main problems.

      3. Quite a jump about the Dbacks being capable of so much more. You can literally say that about any team, the Rockies included. We have yet to see how the park changes at Petco will affect their hitting. You offer little evidence besides, “Well the fences got moved in.” Does that help them hit singles and doubles below sea level as well?

      • personalspaceinvader - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        I meant the Padres at petco, obviously.

  3. hermitfool - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    If the reference to Eastern Bloc means clueless, moronic, unimaginative, visionless decision-making you nailed it. The last time this organization had a coherent plan was prior to their first expansion draft.

    • coloradostupid - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      You forgot one dimensional and provincial – but that’s OK, the important concept for Colorado is that they are doing it THEIR WAY. Unfortunately, that doesn’t translate into a winning offering very often.

  4. Leigh in CO - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Giambi would at least be fun; if the good times aren’t supplied by wins, maybe that’s the way to go.

    Also, Tracy wasn’t canned. He walked away.

  5. chill1184 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Jerry Manuel? Seriously?

  6. stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    So based upon the six finalists…Jerry Manuel it is?

  7. thesmedman - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Mackanin would be a solid choice.

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