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Blue Jays not close in search for new manager

Nov 6, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has the update:

The Blue Jays’ search for a new manager temporarily will be put on hold this week while Alex Anthopoulos attends the annual General Managers Meetings in Palm Springs, Calif.

The meetings are set to run from Wednesday until Friday, which means for at least a few days the quest to find John Farrell’s replacement will go on the back burner.

The Blue Jays have interviewed Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and their own third base coach Brian Butterfield. But those four are considered secondary candidates, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, because the club’s higher-ups want someone with previous managerial experience at the big league level. More interviews are coming.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    They can take their time. Not a lot of competition from other teams and there are more than enough good candidates.. AA will be looking for the person whom he feels is the best fit for Toronto. He will not be looking for somebody with a great resume, but really wants to manage somewhere else. Nobody in Toronto seriously thinks that it will be someone who was fired in 2011.

    • paint771 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Agreed. And AA learned his lesson about overthinking things last time out.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    I hear Bobby Valentine is looking for work…..

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      Or maybe just I heard he has mental problems. That and the fact he thinks he can get work kind of go hand in hand.

  3. bjbeliever - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Bobby V can go jump off a bridge, i’ll block the gate and protest all 81 games at the Rogers Centre if he gets hired

  4. dondada10 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    I read somewhere that the Jays were considering Art Howe. If he’s the next manager of the Jays, they’re fucked.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Nothing to the Art Howe story. A reporter asked Howe if he was interested and he said that he would be if asked. He has not been asked.

  5. slclions - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    how about getting the right logo for the jays?

    • jaysjunkie - Nov 7, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      No kidding. It was what, about a dozen years ago they got rid of that ugly one?

  6. proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Contrary to what Drew wrote, there is no indication that the Jays have actually had any formal interviews with anyone. They seem to be still gathering information on the candidates and are deciding on the type of manager they need. The reports that they have asked to interview Wallach and Williams are probably accurate, but any conversation with them so far, was probably on the phone. Hale, Butterfield, and Alomar were interviewed 2 years ago, so they are known to the team. There is no indication that they have been interviewed since last year.

    Wakamatsu is a strong possibility, because after Farrell got the job 2 years ago, AA recommended him to Farrell as his bench coach. Wakamatsu also appears to be respected by the players. In 2011, he took over for several games while Farrell was sick. I remember him saying that he would manage those games the same way as Farrell, because he did not want to confuse the players. That was a strong hint, that his style of managing was different than Farrell’s.

    Contrary to Rosenthal’s comments though, there is no firm indication that the Jays want an experienced manager. AA was quoted yesterday by Shi Davidi of Sportsnet that with an experienced manager, you know how he will react in certain situations. Of course, he may not like what he has learned about how those experienced guys actually performed while on the job.

    AA likes to operate in private. I am sure that by now, he has decided whom he wants to interview; however, he is not going to tell anyone.

  7. willclarkgameface - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Call Mitt Romney. He’ll need a new job starting tomorrow.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

      Romney is too old.

      • paperlions - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

        I am pretty sure Romney has a job already.

  8. jaybird22seven - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Ozzie Guillen ?

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      Do not need a drama queen.

  9. canadabaseball - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    AA better be busy during the meetings

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