Always a candidate, never a manager, Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach’s name has surfaced in another report over a managerial vacancy. Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun wrote on his Twitter account that Wallach will interview for the Blue Jays’ vacant manager position.
Wallach recently interviewed for the Boston Red Sox manager’s job, which ultimately went to incumbent Toronto manager John Farrell. That opened yet another vacancy in Toronto.
There’s an interesting wrinkle to the Wallach-Toronto courtship. Wallach wasn’t interviewed two years ago when the Blue Jays needed to hire a replacement for Cito Gaston (the job that ultimately went to Farrell) but Mike Cormack of Sportsnet.ca reports that we shouldn’t look too much into that:
On Sunday, [Blue Jays GM Alex] Anthopoulos was asked whether he is interested in speaking to individuals that were excluded from the process two years ago for one reason or another.
“Yeah, I think so,” Anthopoulos said. “I’ve just started to run through it in my mind a little bit here. There were some people that I just didn’t get a chance to speak to last time, whether it was not being granted permission by those clubs or just timing, maybe they weren’t available at the time, but they’re available now.
“There’s not too many, it’s a very, very small group but there were a few that I just didn’t get a chance to speak to either because I was denied (permission) by a club, or they were employed in a role they couldn’t get out of that I would definitely look to speak to.”
Two years ago, [Manny] Acta (Indians) and [Jim] Tracy (Rockies) were managing other clubs while it was reported the Dodgers denied the Blue Jays request to speak with Wallach. [Brad] Ausmus wasn’t on anyone’s managerial radar in 2010, but both he and Wallach recently interviewed with the Red Sox.
Wallach was also listed in the Miami Herald as one of several possible candidates to succeed Ozzie Guillen as the Marlins’ manager.