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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Potential targets in Astros’ managerial search

HOUSTON—The Astros’ search for a manager to replace AJ Hinch will stretch beyond just bench coach Joe Espada, with owner Jim Crane opening up a national search that will include experienced names like Bruce Bochy, Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter.

Espada, Bochy, Baker and Showalter are among the candidates Crane is considering, a source told MLB.com on Wednesday. Other names on the team’s early list are former Rangers manager Jeff Banister, Cubs third-base coach Will Venable and Dodgers special assistant Raúl Ibañez. KRIV-TV in Houston was the first to report the names.

The Astros are moving quickly in their efforts to replace Hinch, who along with general manager Jeff Luhnow was fired on Monday after MLB had suspended them for one year for their role in the sign-stealing scandal. With only four weeks before pitchers and catchers report to West Palm Beach, Fla., for the start of Spring Training, time is of the essence. The Astros would like to fill both positions by early February, a source said

The Astros, a source said, are expected to hire a manager before they hire a general manager. Crane said Monday he would run the baseball operations until a new GM can be hired. A source says Crane met with the coaching staff Monday at Minute Maid Park for the first time since Hinch and Luhnow were dismissed.

So, if you were in this position, who would you hire?

 

QLE Posted: January 16, 2020 at 12:16 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, bruce bochy, buck showalter, dusty baker, jeff banister, joe espada, raul ibanez, will venable

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   1. Astroenteritis Posted: January 17, 2020 at 03:43 PM (#5917010)
I know this thread isn't as much fun as the ones about buzzers, but the new Houston manager is going to have a fairly unique situation on his hands. Of the mentioned candidates I would prefer Espada, but if Crane is determined to go outside the org to give the impression of a clean start, I would say no on Showalter, Baker or Banister. Bochy has indicated he wants some time off, so I don't think he's a real choice. Don't know enough about Venable or Ibanez to have an informed opinion.

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