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Passed over for manager jobs, Tim Wallach may shift role with Dodgers

Nov 6, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is congratulated by third base coach Tim Wallach after hitting the game-winning home run against the Washington Nationals during the tenth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles Reuters

Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach was a finalist for the manager gigs in Detroit and Seattle, but now that he’s been passed over for Brad Ausmus and Lloyd McClendon he may switch roles in Los Angeles.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are considering shifting Wallach from third base coach to bench coach, where he’d replace the recently fired Trey Hillman as Don Mattingly’s right-hand man. Hillman and Mattingly were incredibly close on and off the field, so that could be a bit of a weird situation. Wallach has spent three years coaching third base on Mattingly’s staff.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Tim Wallach: “So.”

    Don Mattingly: “So.”

    Tim Wallach: “Carpool?”

    Don Mattingly: “It’s too soon.”

  2. bigdicktater - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Who fired Hillman, and why?

    • dodgermutt - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Upper management and my guess is they want someone who they trust to take over as manager if Mattingly drops the ball.

      • drewy44 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        My guess is they wanted to send Mattingly a message after he showed them his ass publicly regarding his one-year contract status. Rein the horse in a bit. With our payroll, if they did fire Mattingly, I have to believe they’d bring in someone with managerial experience (think Dusty), regardless of trust in Wallach.

  3. mick2014 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Wallach was a terrible 3rd base coach! Sending Ellis on that shallow fly ball to Beltran was just plain dumb! If he is a bench coach he will continue to screw up.

  4. drewy44 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    As a Dodger fan, this is the best news I’ve heard all week. For the past few years Wallach has made the baselines between 2nd and home a virtual Bermuda Triangle. So many base running mistakes. I actually think he can hurt the team less by being on the bench than being in the 3rd base box.

  5. jmf974 - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Before the streak, the Dodgers were awful and after the streak they were mainly average. If you take out that 50+ game stretch, the Dodgers were well below .500 for the remaining 70% of the season. I would have a hard time giving a multi-year deal based on one 50-game stretch. Aside from those 50 games, Mattingly is barely a .500 manager.

    Wallach is probably a better manager than base coach and Mattingly would probably a better base coach than manager. Maybe more time and guidance with his in-game management skills will be the difference. Wallach as game strategy coach could make the difference in Mattingly becoming a manager deserving of an elite club or demonstrating he is not the guy for the job.

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