And the next manager of the Toronto Blue Jays is… Lawrence Fishburne?
According to a team release from Cleveland, the Clevelands have “finalized” Terry Francona’s coaching staff, with Sandy Alomar Jr. remaining as bench coach, and ex-Jay– and now former Jays advanced scout– Kevin Cash joining the club as their bullpen coach.
For some reason, this has rustled some of the tourist trolls out from under their bridge, as a TSN.ca story continues to report, at the time of this writing, that “the Toronto Blue Jays can scratch Sandy Alomar’s name off their list of potential managers for 2013,” while Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun has yet to bother to correct this currently hour-old tweet, despite information to the contrary being readily available:
Scratch Sandy Alomar’s name from Blue Jays managerial candidates. He’s returning to Cleveland as bench coach. #iswallachtheguy?
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) October 31, 2012
Fortunately for all of us, there’s Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi:
Indians name Sandy Alomar bench coach to mgr Terry Francona, not out for #Jays job. Jays advance scout Kevin Cash is Cle bullpen coach
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) October 31, 2012
And, as Parkes noted earlier over at Getting Blanked, the same is true of Brian Butterfield.
“It’s a rare opportunity, and we would certainly not block that,” explains Red Sox manager, President CheapTalk, on the possibility of the Jays re-hiring Butterfield in order to promote him, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. And as odd as it may sound, it makes sense– as it does for Alomar, as well.
Surely these clubs know that the possibilities exist that their employees may be hired away by one of the franchises still looking to fill a managerial vacancy, but it’s only fair to the coaches themselves, as well as other potential hires who may have otherwise remained in limbo, to set their staffs under the assumption that it won’t happen. If it does, they move on to plan B.
To assume now that these guys would have taken these positions at the absolute exclusion of a promotion, a much bigger salary, more responsibility, and a chance to hold one of thirty MLB managerial jobs is pretty bloody ridiculous, when you think about it. Which, basically, is just a long way saying: don’t bother ever listening to Steve Simmons or the interns running TSN.ca in between making trips to get Vaseline for the camera lens they shoot Lansberg with and shuttling guys back and forth from getting their obligatory hockey reporter hedgehog haircuts. Though if you’re here, I’m sure you already knew that.