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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Pirates name Derek Shelton new manager

Derek Shelton was considered the favorite to land the Pittsburgh Pirates manager’s job when the search for Clint Hurdle’s successor began under former general manager Neal Huntington.

Even though Huntington was fired Oct. 28 and replaced by Ben Cherington on Nov. 18, Shelton still emerged as the Pirates’ man and was hired Wednesday.

Shelton spent the past two seasons as the Minnesota Twins’ bench coach. The Twins won the American League Central this season, and Rocco Baldelli was voted the AL Manager of the Year.

The 49-year-old Shelton has been a coach in the major leagues for 15 years. He served as the hitting coach with Cleveland Indians (2005-09) and Tampa Bay Rays (2010-16), then was the Toronto Blue Jays’ quality control coach in 2017.

So, any thoughts about the merits of this pick?

 

QLE Posted: November 27, 2019 at 09:45 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: derek shelton, managerial search, pirates

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Giants pick ousted Phillies manager Gabe Kapler to succeed Bruce Bochy

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have found Bruce Bochy’s successor.

The club agreed to terms on a three-year contract with former Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, who is set to become the team’s next manager. Kapler will be officially introduced at a press conference on Wednesday at Oracle Park.

Kapler emerged from a pool of at least nine candidates and was one of three who received at least two interviews for the chance to hold a job last manned by Bochy, a three-time World Series champion. The other finalists were current Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro.

“Probably the key thing that we were looking for and the most important trait if we could summarize it in one sentence for the next manager was somebody who was capable of building trust and relationships with both players and the front office,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said on a conference call with beat writers.

Ever feel like the transit commissioner on SimCity 2000?

 

QLE Posted: November 13, 2019 at 12:07 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, giants, managerial search

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Giants pare list of managerial candidates to Gabe Kapler, two bench coaches

The Giants’ managerial search is down to three candidates, and though the club hopes to make the hire soon, team officials do not feel bound by a deadline, The Chronicle has learned.

The finalists are former Phillies manager and Dodgers farm director Gabe Kapler, Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro. Royals quality-control coach Pedro Grifol, one of the first to interview, is no longer under consideration.

Six of the eight teams that had managerial openings have filled them, leaving only the Giants and the Pirates. The Pittsburgh search has been delayed by the hiring of a general manager and team president.

So, does that give them time for another round of interviews, or two?

QLE Posted: November 07, 2019 at 12:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, giants, joe espada, managerial search, matt quatraro

Friday, November 01, 2019

Sources: Giants down to three candidates in search for new manager

SAN FRANCISCO—A year ago, Larry Baer and the Giants ownership group had to wait until the end of the World Series to get a chance to hire their man. This time around, it’s Farhan Zaidi, last offseason’s big hire, who has had to be patient.

But Zaidi and the Giants appear to be zeroing in on a new manager.

According to league sources, the Giants are believed to have narrowed their search to former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, Royals quality control coach Pedro Grifol and Astros bench coach Joe Espada, who is coming in for a second in-person interview now that Houston’s bid for a title is over.

The Giants talked to Espada on the phone early in a search process that kicked into gear in the week after Bruce Bochy’s final game. Before Game 3 of the World Series, he flew from Houston to San Francisco for several hours of interviews before catching a late afternoon flight to Washington D.C.

Wait a minute- “quality control coach”?

QLE Posted: November 01, 2019 at 01:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, giants, joe espada, managerial search, pedro grifol

Thursday, October 31, 2019

AP Sources: Dodgers bench coach Geren interviewed by Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren is among those who have interviewed for the San Francisco Giants managerial position that was left vacant when Bruce Bochy retired following the season.

Geren met with the team last week, and former Phillies manager Gape Kapler and Astros bench coach Joe Espada also are under consideration. Two people with direct knowledge of the search, speaking on condition of anonymity because the names weren’t made public, confirmed those men had been considered. In addition, Giants coaches Ron Wotus and Hensley Meulens received interviews and so did Oakland Athletics coach Mark Kotsay.

The 44-year-old Kapler was fired Oct. 10 after two seasons in Philadelphia and a 161-163 record. With Bryce Harper their blockbuster acquisition, the Phillies finished 81-81 for their first non-losing season since 2012.

With the World Series over, let the mad rush of hires for open positions begin!

 

 

QLE Posted: October 31, 2019 at 12:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bob geren, giants, managerial search

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Gabe Kapler gets second interview with Giants

Craig Mish of SiriusXM is reporting that the San Francisco Giants, currently in search of their next manager, are going to interview Gabe Kapler for a second time this week.

Kapler, recently fired after two disappointing years in Philly, worked under Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi when both were with the Dodgers front office. Which, frankly, seems like the only real positive on his resume.

I realize we’re in the age of managers who are supposed to do the bidding of the front office so, if the front office knows and likes the managerial candidate really well like Zaidi apparently knows and likes Kapler, I get that Kapler might be a top choice. But I also don’t see anything from his time at the helm of the Phillies that suggests he’d be the best guy to manage the Giants whether they try to reload and win soon or whether they mount a major rebuild.

 

 

 

QLE Posted: October 29, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, giants, managerial search

Friday, October 25, 2019

MLB rumors: Giants to interview Astros bench coach Joe Espada in person

It’s beginning to look more and more like Farhan Zaidi might have found his man.

The Giants’ search for a new manager has featured a number of candidates—from A’s quality control coach Mark Kotsay to Cubs first base coach Will Venable—interviewing to replace legendary manager Bruce Bochy. One name that has become prevalent in recent days is Astros bench coach Joe Espada.

Zaidi reportedly interviewed Espada over the phone since the Astros currently are playing the Nationals in the World Series. Espada appears to check most of the boxes for Zaidi, and the Astros bench coach is flying to San Francisco on Thursday. during Houston’s off day, for an in-person interview, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported.

Espada, 44, hasn’t managed in the big leagues yet, but he has worn just about every other hat. He has been a bench coach, a third base coach and an infield coach in the majors, as well as a hitting coach and an infield coach in the minors. He also managed in the Puerto Rico Winter League and has been a coach in the World Baseball Classic.

So, will he have to give a teaching demonstration, or will he merely need to present on his current research?

 

QLE Posted: October 25, 2019 at 01:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, joe espada, managerial search

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Cubs bench coach Mark Loretta reportedly interviews for Padres’ manager job

While David Ross is set to become the Cubs’ next manager, a member of the team’s 2019 coaching staff has reportedly interviewed for a managerial vacancy elsewhere.

Cubs bench coach Mark Loretta recently interviewed for the Padres’ managerial opening, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. It’s the second known managerial opening Loretta has interviewed for this offseason, as he also interviewed for the Cubs’ before they chose Ross.

Like Ross and the Cubs, Loretta has several ties to the Padres. The 48-year-old played three seasons with San Diego (2003-05) during his 15-year big-league career. He also spent nine seasons as a special assistant in the Padres front office, working with general manager Jed Hoyer — who held the same position with the Padres from 2010-11.

And the searches press on….

 

QLE Posted: October 24, 2019 at 01:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, mark loretta, padres

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Cubs reportedly had second interview with David Ross

The Cubs’ managerial search is in full swing as they continue to line up intriguing candidates to replace Joe Maddon. In recent weeks, Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada’s name has been floated out as a strong candidate, with reports stating that the Cubs had already scheduled their second interview with the much sought after coach.

While the fact that Espada is such a strong candidate in the midst of a World Series run has led many to believe he is the runaway favorite right now, it is still very much so a wide-open race.

It was reported that while not extremely publicized, former Cub David Ross is believed to have had his second interview with the Cubs organization this week.

Ross, who was extremely clutch in the Cubs 2016 World Series win, has an obvious and extended history with the organization. And while there are no concrete reports on the nature of any follow-up discussions between Ross and the Cubs, it was stated that the two sides have in fact at least had those expanded conversations.

I thought we weren’t supposed to see stories like this while the World Series was ongoing…..

 

QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross, managerial search

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

MLB rumors: Mark Kotsay entered Giants manager interviews as favorite

As the Giants watch the World Series from home, their search for a new manager continues. Replacing a legend like Bruce Bochy won’t be easy, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi can’t wait forever.

Interviews have begun, and the favorite coming into the process might be someone who would just have to switch sides in the Bay Area. The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly reported Monday that “word around the industry is that [Mark] Kotsay entered this process as a favored candidate.” One source also told Baggarly that he would be surprised if the Giants didn’t hire Kotsay.

NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic first reported on Oct. 9 that the Giants would interview Kotsay, who currently serves as the A’s quality control coach.

Kotsay, 43, had a 17-year MLB career where he spent four seasons—2004 through ‘07—as an outfielder for the A’s. Zaidi was a baseball operations analyst in Oakland when Kotsay played for the A’s.

For those curious as for how one of the managerial searches that has not been resolved yet seems to be going.

 

QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 01:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managerial search, mark kotsay

Friday, October 18, 2019

MLB rumors: Phillies narrow manager search to Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter

Only a week has passed since the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Gabe Kapler after two so-so seasons, yet the organization is already closing in on naming a successor. According to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies are down to three finalists: Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, and Buck Showalter. The Phillies will interview all three again in the coming days, and could make a final decision on their choice as soon as next week.

The old rule of thumb is that teams tend to hire the opposite of whomever they just fired. That appears to be the guiding principle here. Whereas Kapler was a rookie manager with iconoclastic aspirations, the trio above are all known quantities who have combined to manage 51 seasons’ worth of regular-season games. Each has their pros and cons.

Baker, 70, would be the oldest manager in baseball. He’s known as a skilled interpersonal communicator who gets the most out of his players. Baker has a preexisting relationship with Bryce Harper, which is likely a plus, and is more open minded about new ideas than he receives credit for being. The downside with Baker is that despite his regular-season success—he has more 90-plus win efforts than sub-.500 seasons—he’s never enjoyed much postseason success, having mustered only one World Series appearance.

Who would you hire if you ran the Phillies?

QLE Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, dusty baker, joe girardi, managerial search, phillies

Monday, October 14, 2019

Report: Phillies to interview Dusty Baker for managerial position

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that former MLB skipper and current Giants advisor Dusty Baker is slated to interview for the Phillies’ managerial opening.

The Phillies parted ways with manager Gabe Kapler last week after the team finished the 2019 season with an 81-81 record, good for second-to-last place in the NL East division. Unsurprisingly, the organization is seeking a skipper that can help shepherd the team through a winning season and a playoff run; as GM Matt Klentak told reporters on Friday, “We’re looking for someone who’s going to appreciate the staff we have and the things that we do, and come in and take us over the finish line because that’s what this is really about. This is about wins and losses and getting us where we want to be — and that’s playing in October, competing for a championship.”

 

 

QLE Posted: October 14, 2019 at 12:29 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managerial search, phillies

Carlos Beltran only considering Mets manager job, declined interviews with Cubs, Padres, per report

Carlos Beltran reportedly will only consider interviewing for the New York Mets managerial opening. According to MLB.com’s Nathalie Alonso, Beltran called the Mets manager job “the right fit for me.” Beltran didn’t confirm whether he had already interviewed with the Mets.

SNY’s Andy Martino reported that Beltran interviewed with the Mets on Thursday, while MLB Network’s Jon Heyman named Beltran as a very serious candidate on Friday.

At the beginning of October, the Mets announced the dismissal of manager Mickey Callaway after two seasons at the helm. After Callaway’s firing, the Mets officials were reportedly conducting background work on Beltran in order to determine whether he’s a fit for the manager role.

Currently, Beltran is a special advisor to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, a position he has held since December 2018. Beltran took the special assistant job after interviewing for the Yankees managing position that went to Aaron Boone

Seems a risky strategy, but what do I know?

 

QLE Posted: October 14, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, managerial search, mets mets mets

Sunday, October 13, 2019

MLB rumors: Giants to interview ex-Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler for open managerial position

For the first time in more than a decade, the San Francisco Giants are on the hunt for a new manager. Future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy retired at season’s end, vacating a position he had occupied since 2007. Over the interim period, he won three World Series titles and finished with a 1,052-1,054 regular-season mark.

It’s unclear who Farhan Zaidi, now in his first full offseason as the Giants’ main decision maker, will hire when all is said and done. But we are gaining insight into who Zaidi intends to consider.

On Saturday, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that Zaidi and the Giants will interview former Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. Kapler, dismissed earlier in the week, is familiar with Zaidi from their shared time together in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Well, this could get interesting…..

 

QLE Posted: October 13, 2019 at 12:07 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, giants, managerial search, rumors

Saturday, October 12, 2019

MLB Rumors: Curt Schilling Interested in Phillies Manager, Red Sox Coaching Job

Former MLB All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling is reportedly interested in interviewing to become the Philadelphia Phillies manager or Boston Red Sox pitching coach.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the three-time World Series champion would “love” to get involved in the game again, according to friends close to Schilling.

 

QLE Posted: October 12, 2019 at 12:04 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, managerial search, phillies, red sox

Thursday, October 10, 2019

MLB rumors: Mets will interview at least three managerial candidates in person

While the postseason swirls about us, the New York Mets are working to find a dugout replacement for ousted manager Mickey Callaway.

That search may be reaching the next stage, as three candidates will reportedly interview in person with the Mets for their vacancy. Former Yankees and Marlins manager Joe Girardi will certainly be granted a sit-down interview, Jon Heyman reports. Girardi, who soon turns 55, is a former MLB catcher who managed the Yankees 10 seasons and led them to the World Series title in 2009. Prior to that, Girardi spent one season as manager of the Marlins. In addition to plenty of experience in the dugout and with the New York media, Girardi is also a tactically adept manager. All three points distinguish him from Callaway.

How many people did they interview on Skype, and will there be a round of interviews after these interviews?

 

QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, managerial search, mets mets mets

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Padres doing due diligence on Ron Washington for managerial opening

Jon Heyman says that the Padres are doing “due diligence” on Braves third base coach Ron Washington as a possible candidate for their vacant manager job.

Washington managed the Texas Rangers from 2007 into 2014, winning two pennants and compiling a record of 664-611 (.521). Throughout that time current Padres general manager A.J. Preller was in the Rangers front office, so he is familiar with Washington and his work.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, padres, ron washington

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

MLB rumors: Giants managerial candidate Raul Ibañez not ready for role

SAN FRANCISCO—Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has done a good job of keeping his managerial preferences from being known outside Oracle Park, but there was one name that came up often over the past seven months. That man apparently does not want to manage.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Raul Ibañez will not pursue managerial vacancies this offseason. The Dodgers special assistant was said to be high on Zaidi’s initial list when Bruce Bochy announced his retirement, sources have told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Ibañez told the Times he would like to manage at some point but “it’s not the right time for me.”

One candidate down, who knows how many to go.

 

QLE Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managerial search, raul ibanez

Sources: Mets doing background work on Carlos Beltran, mutual interest between player and team

MINNEAPOLIS—The Carlos Beltran-as-Mets-manager speculation has now grown legs and turned into an actual story.

Mets officials have been doing background work on Carlos Beltran in recent days, trying to determine if he is ready to be a manager, according to major league sources.

Many Mets people know Beltran well from this time with the team; he is particularly close with Omar Minaya and Allard Baird, who was his GM in Kansas City. Now, the Mets are looking into Beltran’s development since he left in 2011, both as a leader and a rookie member of the Yankees front office.

When SNY first reported last week that Beltran’s name was in the mix to replace Mickey Callaway, we added heavy skepticism because of his sometimes bumpy tenure in Queens. A friend of Beltran’s went so far as to say there was “no chance” Beltran would take the job.

In this context, I’m pondering what “background work” entails- is it visiting a library with ProQuest and similar newspaper databases, or sending private eyes out to gather info?

 

QLE Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, managerial search, mets

Monday, October 07, 2019

AP source: Joe Maddon to interview for Angels’ manager job

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joe Maddon will interview for the Los Angeles Angels’ managerial vacancy this week, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press,

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the Angels aren’t publicizing their search. ESPN first reported the interview.

Maddon is considered the prohibitive front-runner to replace Brad Ausmus, who was fired after one season in charge. The Angels finished 72-90, their worst record since 1999.

Maddon spent 31 years employed by the Angels as a player and a coach throughout the organization. He was Mike Scioscia’s bench coach with the 2002 World Series champions before leaving for managerial jobs in Tampa Bay and Chicago, where he won the World Series in 2016. He was let go by Chicago on the final day of the regular season.

This week, on As The Maddon Turns.....

 

QLE Posted: October 07, 2019 at 12:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joe maddon, managerial search

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Cubs to interview Joe Girardi, David Ross and Will Venable for managerial opening next week

Joe Girardi expressed interest in the Cubs managerial job on Wednesday. Next week, he’ll get a chance to make his pitch.

The Cubs announced Friday that they’ll interview Girardi, David Ross and Will Venable next week for their managerial opening. The club also said that they interviewed Mark Loretta on Thursday.

Girardi expressed interest in the Cubs’ opening on Wednesday, speaking highly of the organization in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

“It’s always been perceived as a good job,” Girardi said. “A big reason is because of the fans and the opportunity to work at Wrigley Field all the time, and the excitement Cubs fans have brought for many, many years.

Let the scramble for the open managerial positions begin!

 

QLE Posted: October 05, 2019 at 12:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross, joe girardi, managerial search, mark loretta, will venable

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Eppler: Angels’ manager search will not be limited to Maddon

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — General manager Billy Eppler said the Los Angeles Angels’ abrupt firing of manager Brad Ausmus wasn’t all about Joe Maddon.

In his first comments on the move made after the club finished its worst season since 1999, Eppler flatly denied the Angels already know who will be their second new manager in two seasons.

The availability of Maddon, the longtime Angels employee who wrapped up his World Series-winning tenure with the Chicago Cubs last weekend, wasn’t a factor in the Angels’ move, according to Eppler.

“We have a hiring process to go through, so I think it’s premature to say anything contrary to that,” Eppler said. “We’re going to collect names this afternoon, and particularly plan on sitting down with a number of candidates. I would not handicap it any other way at this moment in time.”

So, do we believe this?

 

QLE Posted: October 02, 2019 at 12:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, billy eppler, joe maddon, managerial search

 

 

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