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The Blue Jays want a manager with previous experience

Nov 2, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

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Sorry guys, you, me and most of the rest of the world are no longer candidates to manage the Blue Jays. Rosenthal seyz:

The Blue Jays are leaning toward hiring a manager who already has done the job, according to major league sources.

Several of their reported candidates — notably,Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. — remain secondary considerations, at least for the moment.

In addition to ruling out Alomar it would knock DeMarlo Hale, Tim Wallach and Brian Butterfield.

Meanwhile, Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Valentine sit over there, sipping coffee, trying to look inconspicuous, but occasionally giving a wink and an “a-ok” gesture.

As for Alomar and those guys:

  1. Panda Claus - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Welcome Manny Acta!

    (OK, not likely, just me and my wishful thinking).

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    What major league sources are blowing smoke this time? As Rosenthal says, AA rarely shows his hand in public. In other words Rosenthal’s baseball sources could easily be bullshitting him.

    There is a more illuminating comment from AA in a story written by Jeff Blair in today’s Globe and Mail. AA said that when he hired Farrell “What I didn’t do was go with my gut. I did not give myself enough credit.” In hiring Farrell 2 years ago, he was more concerned with “checking all the boxes”. According to Blair, Anthopolos has noticed something about his decisions and “the ones that keep him awake at night are the ones that did not work out after he listened a little too much to his democratic angels, where he analyzed and absorbed opinions and information trying to be, in his words “a good leader”, instead of following his instincts.”

    The Globe has recently instituted a paywall, so it may not be possible to download the story by Blair; however, the message is clear, the final decision will be made by AA based solely on his gut feel.

    Personally, I think it will be Wakamatsu, but I do not have a vote.

    • cur68 - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Yeah, this story is so much smoke. No Boston connection any more to a Beav manager so its unlikely ANYONE’S heard anything and they won’t hear anything till AA’s damn good and ready to tell them.

      Incidentally, the phenomena of “following your gut” is one ably descried by Malcom Gladwell in “Blink”. Therein Gladwell describes big decisions made by shrewd analysis, deep cogitation and information gathering, vs. a big decision based on one’s rapid “quick & dirty” take of the issue. There seems to be a critical information point where having too much information actually interferes with the decision making process. Strikes me that AA’s “gut” told him one thing, the checklist told him another, and he went with the checklist and our boys wound up with Farrell. He’s got someone in mind for the gig. Someone who fits a baseball profile that he likes but may not “tick every box” on that checklist. Previous experience? Who knows. We’ll all find out at the same time. Rosenthal’s just engaging in 50/50 prognostication.

  3. willclarkgameface - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    BOB-BY V!
    BOB-BY V!
    BOB-BY V!

    Then the Red Sox-Toronto thing will finally be interesting.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      AA’s gut feeling does not include Bobby V. The fans would revolt.

      • jaysjunkie - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM

        Yes, we would revolt.

      • nbjays - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        If AA’s gut says Bobby V. or Ozzie, MY gut would revolt.

  4. sportsdrenched - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    They’re more than welcome to Ned Yost.

  5. mrobinson14 - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    @Panda Claus
    As an Indians fan, good luck to ya. But I do expect you guys to hire him.

  6. tigerman3 - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    as a Tiger fan we will Trade you former managers Gene Lamont, and LLoyd Mclendeon and throw in Ryan Raburn for a bag of Balls is all we ask. It would be worth it to get rid of those three.

  7. medialovesthecowboys - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Despite the Miami debacle, I’d love to have Guillen. Think he would be great for guys like Lawrie and Encarnacion. Definitely Escobar of he’s still around come March.

    • nbjays - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      At least the local community wouldn’t revolt when he waxed poetic on his Fidel Castro bro-mance…

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        J P Arencibia would puke. He is a Cuban American.

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