You can listen to the audio here, but I can save you some time and tell you that, true to the style we’ve come to expect from AA, there weren’t any major revelations or anything, though there were a couple of interesting things that came out of it.
Anthopoulos and Wilner spent most of the time discussing the managerial search, which Anthopoulos says he feels good about, as far as how far along they are in the process, though he couldn’t say when to expect an announcement to be made. Again, as we’ve come to expect, he’s obviously being ridiculously thorough– though he did say that the number of candidates they’ve spoken to “isn’t as vast or as large as has been reported.”
He downplayed– thankfully, I’d– some previous comments about wanting to find “a leader of men,” which Wilner noted is a phrase Anthopoulos has used on more than one occasion, and which led him to believe that this was a quality he was looking for first and foremost, more than finding someone who would be more of a pure tactician.
“Maybe the way I characterized it, maybe it seemed like I weighted it more than I truly do,” Anthopoulos said.
He also said something that Wilner took note of over at his blog, which was that “some [candidates] may not be ready for the opportunity, and we may have to say ‘This guy has a chance to be a star’. Maybe we would hire him on even if he needs a little bit more time.”
“Sal Fasano, anyone?” Wilner asks. (UPDATE: Everyone seems to think this better describes Sandy Alomar Jr., who the power of Kenny Ken Ken’s tweets today suggested was “among finalists” for the gig, given that he was due to have his third interview. I’ll buy that.)
Sure, that could describe ol’ Sally Boy. And even though I don’t actually know anything about how he runs a team, I can’t help but kinda hope that maybe it is– though I do recognize that, obviously, such sentimentality is kind of stupid. In fact, I don’t really understand how anyone can have a person in mind who they’d like to see the Jays hire– we just don’t know enough about any of them, beyond a few myths about what they might be like in the clubhouse.
Lastly, switching topics, Wilner asked about “certain players” who are reportedly being shopped– very obviously referring to St. Louis OF Colby Rasmus, who has an even greater chance of being moved today, now that it’s been confirmed that Tony La Russa will return as Cardinals manager– and whether Anthopoulos has been able to stay plugged in when it comes to trade talks, or if the managerial search has been all-consuming. Anthopoulos said that he’d been in conversations with GMs, and that the front office is keeping tabs on who may or may not be available– though, of course, he didn’t get specific any players.
And The Crumbs…
According to the offical Mets Twitter, the Jays have granted them permission to speak with Assistant GM Dana Brown about the vacancy in Flushing. However, since Brown was a disciple of the last guy, Omar Minaya, I don’t think there’s any chance that flies.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe (via MLBTR), the Jays are one of the teams who might be part of the developing market for 35-year-old switch-hitting ex-Astro and current Yankee, Lance Berkman. Berkman has a $15-million team option for 2011, and that sound you just heard was Brian Cashman laughing his fucking face off at the possibility that I might even suggest he might still be wearing pinstripes next year. This has been Berkman’s worst season in the majors, but he’s still hit righties to the tune of an .847 OPS. (His .517 OPS from the other side of the plate pretty much suggests that his days as anything more than a platoon guy are through, though.)
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail looks at Gregg Zaun and his burgeoning career as an analyst. Zaun in the booth next year– make this happen people!
Hmmm… yeah, that’s about all I’ve got. Enjoy the game tonight. GO RANGERS.