MLB Manager Rumors 10-19

MLB Manager Rumors
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 27: A basket of baseballs is seen before the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park on August 27, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

MLB Manager Rumors 10-19

The MLB manager rumors are really heating up. The first domino to fall was Joe Maddon who has signed on to manage the Los Angeles Angels. Maddon to the Angels was expected once he was let go by the Chicago Cubs and the Angels fired Brad Ausmus.

There are seven major league manager openings and the list of candidates has grown every day. Let’s look at the latest MLB manager rumors.

Big Apple Boss

The New York Mets have increased their list of managerial candidates. You can add former players Skip Schumaker and Tim Bogar to the list. Bogar played four seasons with the Mets. The Mets have now officially interviewed eight candidates. Only Joe Girardi has had prior major league managerial experience. Although Bogar was an interim manager with the Texas Rangers and also was a manager in the minor leagues.

According to the New York Post Girardi does check a lot of the boxes Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen is looking for. Van Wagenen may have reservations about Girardi connecting with the players. The speculation around the Mets is that Van Wagenen wants a first-time manager. Knowing how the Mets operate the new manager’s salary could be one major factor.

Padres New Friar

The San Diego Padres are reportedly down to two candidates; Jayce Tingler and Ron Washington. Tingler who is very close to Padres general manager AJ Preller is a player development executive with the Rangers.  Washington managed the Rangers to consecutive World Series appearances. Preller does have a relationship with Washington as well. Tingler is seen as the favorite.

The Philadelphia Three

The Philadelphia Phillies have only interviewed three candidates for their manager opening. All three men have accomplished careers as managers. Buck Showalter appears to be the favorite of the Phillies owner John Middleton. Showalter has connections to the Phillies brass from his time as the Baltimore Orioles manager. Dusty Baker and Girardi are the other candidates.

Windy City Wish List

The Chicago Cubs have added some more names to go with the shortlist of managerial candidates. Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada has already been interviewed by the Cubbies. Former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler also has spoken to the Cubs. Former Cubs player David Ross is still considered the favorite. Cubs coach Mark Loretta and Girardi also were previously interviewed.

Pirates Treasure Search

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added more names to their managerial search. The four previous candidates the Pirates were interested in are Sam Fuld, Jeff Banister, Blake Shelton, and Mike Bell. You can now add Joe Espada, Stubby Clapp, Mark Kotsay, and Ryan Christensen. There was a report that Fuld has declined to interview with the Pirates.

There does not appear to be a clear favorite for the Pirates manager opening.

A Giant-Sized Job

There is a new candidate for the San Francisco Giants manager opening. Matt Quatraro is now on the radar for the Giants. Quatraro is the bench coach with the Tampa Bay Rays and Giants president Farhan Zaidi is reportedly a fan of how the Rays run their team.

In addition, Mike Matheny of the Kansas City Royals is also a person of interest by the Giants. The other candidates are Hensley Meulens, Ron Wotus, Pedro Grifol, and Kotsay.


Managerial Candidates

Below is a list of each candidate and the team that has reportedly shown interest.

Bob Henley-Padres

Bob Melvin-Giants

Brad Ausmus-Padres

Buck Showalter-Mets, Phillies

Carlos Beltran-Mets

Dale Sveum-Royals

David Ross-Cubs

Derek Shelton-Mets, Pirates

Dusty Baker-Phillies

Eduardo Perez-Mets

Eric Chavez-Giants

Felipe Alou-Giants

Gabe Kapler-Cubs, Giants

Hensley Meulens-Giants

Jayce Tingler-Padres

Jeff Banister-Pirates

Joe Espada-Cubs, Giants, Pirates

Joe Girardi-Mets, Cubs, Phillies

Luis Rojas-Mets

Mark Kotsay-Giants, Pirates

Mark Loretta-Cubs

Matt Quatraro-Giants

Mike Bell-Mets, Pirates

Mike Matheny-Giants, Mets, Padres, Royals

Pedro Grifol-Giants, Royals

Raul Ibanez-Giants

Rod Barajas-Padres

Ron Washington-Padres

Ron Wotus-Giants

Ryan Christensen-Pirates

Sam Fuld-Cubs, Mets, Pirates

Skip Schumaker-Mets

Stubby Clapp-Pirates

Tim Bogar-Mets

Vance Wilson-Royals

Will Venable-Cubs, Giants









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