Manager Hot Board: New Targets Emerging
Who will Dombrowski look to as the next manager?
Who will Dombrowski look to as the next manager?
Executive Editor
Posted Oct 23, 2013
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A week into the search for a new manager, the Hot Board has been updated. The Tigers have interviewed two candidates (Lloyd McClendon and Tim Wallach) and a few other names are emerging as potential options.

Interviewed:

Lloyd McClendonLloyd McClendon
Current Position:
Hitting Coach, Detroit Tigers
Age:
54
Managerial Experience:
Five seasons managing the Pittsburgh Pirates (2001-2005)
Qualifications:
Coach for Leyland all eight seasons, including last seven as Hitting Coach. Been a finalist for managing jobs for Seattle and Miami in past few years.
Notes:
Never posted a winning record in in his five seasons in Pittsburgh (didn’t have much talent, either). Might have emerged as top internal candidate.

Tim WallachTim Wallach
Current Position:
Third Base Coach, Los Angeles Dodgers
Age:
56
Managerial Experience:
Two seasons managing Triple-A Albuquerque in Dodgers organization
Qualifications:
Was named PCL Manager of the Year, has worked as Dodgers Hitting Coach and Third Base Coach, former Silver Slugger and Gold Glove player
Notes:
Played for the Expos when Dombrowski was the GM, Grantland’s Jonah Keri reported talks between the two were “escalating”

Targets:

Rick Renteria
Current Position:
Bench Coach, San Diego Padres
Age:
51
Managerial Experience:
Long-time minor league manager in Marlins and Padres organizations, also managed Mexican national team in 2013 WBC
Qualifications:
Long-time utility infielder, experienced minor league manager, hitting and fielding instructor
Notes:
Receiving attention for multiple openings this off-season

Brad AusmusBrad Ausmus
Current Position:
Special Assistant, San Diego Padres
Age:
44
Managerial Experience:
Israel national team
Qualifications:
Former Tigers player, Proverbial “future manager” as a long-time big league catcher
Notes:
An intriguing option, but Dombrowski would have to go out on a limb to hire a manager with no substantial managing experience, and someone that hasn’t been in the organization since 2000

Tom BrookensTom Brookens
Current Position:
Third Base/Outfield/Baserunning Coach, Detroit Tigers
Age:
60
Managerial Experience:
Five seasons as a minor league manager in the Tigers organization
Qualifications:
Former Tigers player, Named Top Managerial candidate by Baseball America in 2007, Tabbed as Future Big League Manager by FanGraphs in 2013
Notes:
A well thought of coach that is ready to be a manager, but will the Tigers hand the reins over to a coach who has never managed at the Major League level before?

Gene Lamont was Houston's 3rd base coach.Gene Lamont
Current Position:
Bench Coach, Detroit Tigers
Age:
66
Managerial Experience:
Four seasons each managing the Chicago White Sox (1992-1995) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1997-2000)
Qualifications:
Former Tigers player, Two-time manager, AL Manager of the Year in 1993, finalist for Red Sox manager in 2011, long-time top lieutenant to Jim Leyland
Notes:
Probably considered a safe hire who would keep the coaching staff intact and a similar atmosphere, but he’s older, just two years younger than Leyland, and has a career sub-.500 record

Manny Acta
Current Position:
TV Broadcast Analyst, ESPN and ESPN Deportes
Age:
44
Managerial Experience:
Washington Nationals (2007-2009), Cleveland Indians (2010-2012)
Qualifications:
Still very young and highly thought of, past struggles more attributable to lack of talent than managerial failure
Notes:
Acta appears to be interested in getting back in the game as a manager, but after two failed stints, the Tigers would have to think long and hard about bringing in a manager with little track record of success

Eric Wedge
Current Position:
Manager, Seattle Mariners (will not return in 2014)
Age:
45
Managerial Experience:
Cleveland Indians (2003-2009), Seattle Mariners (2011-2013)
Qualifications:
A former AL Manager of the Year with the Indians and Acta’s predecessor, Wedge left the Mariners rather than return because of philosophical disagreements with management but isn’t responsible for the M’s struggles
Notes:
He’s already expressed an interest in the job, and like Acta is young, but unlike Acta, has had some success with two 90+ win seasons

Don Mattingly
Current Position:
Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers
Age:
52
Managerial Experience:
Los Angeles Dodgers (2011-Present)
Qualifications:
Career .300 hitter and former Yankees batting coach, guided the Dodgers to NL West crown and NLCS in 2013, credited with helping develop Dodgers young talent while meshing recently acquired veterans in clubhouse
Notes:
He’s under contract for 2014 in LA, but is looking for assurances that he’s wanted long-term with the club, and appears open to exploring new opportunities

Unlikely:

Kirk Gibson
Current Position:
Manager, Arizona Diamondbacks
Age:
56
Managerial Experience:
Arizona Diamondbacks (2010-Present)
Qualifications:
Former Tigers player, broadcaster and hitting/bench coach, he guided the Diamondbacks turnaround and was named NL Manager of the Year in 2011
Notes:
Despite his obvious affiliation with the Tigers, he’s an unlikely candidate at this point. He didn’t leave the organization on great terms after Alan Trammell was dismissed in 2005, and word has it the tension between he and Dombrowski remains

Mike SciosciaMike Scioscia
Current Position:
Manager, Los Angeles Angels
Age:
54
Managerial Experience:
Los Angeles Angels (2000-Present)
Qualifications:
Longest tenured manager in baseball and widely considered one of the best, is a former AL Manager of the Year and has won a World Series. Also has experience with managing high salary players, despite the Angels’ recent struggles
Notes:
He’s stated he’ll return to the Angels in 2014, despite disagreements with GM Jerry Dipoto. It’s unclear if the organization is fully on board with bringing the duo back, or if they’re just unwilling to dump his contract, which he’s owed $27 million over five years



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