The astonishingly plugged-in Kenny Ken Ken Dr. Rosen Rosen Rosenthal has given us some crumbs to chew on regarding the Jays’ managerial search in his latest for Fox Sports.
His sources– a trusty bunch– suggest that the Jays “are leaning toward hiring a manager who already has done the job.”
He points to the fact that Sandy Alomar has yet to even receive a phone call from the club, reportedly, and to the Jays’ long history of hiring managers with no Major League experience– they’ve only done so three times in 36 years– which hasn’t exactly worked out so well, save for whatshisname with the rings.
I’d buy it, especially because they’d have some tough questions to answer if they ended up with another manager who’d yet to actually run an MLB game. Thing is, I’m pretty sure that given the state of the froth spittle running down the chins of half the local media right now, the Jays are pretty much damned if they hire an inexperienced guy, and damned if they pluck some old retread, too (with only a Francona, LaRussa or Torre type seen as bulletproof, optically).
One interesting name Rosenthal suggests who has yet to appear in other reports is Jim Riggleman, who is currently managing in Double-A for Cincinnati, and who managed the Padres and Cubs in the 90s, as well as the Mariners and Nationals in recent years.
You may recall that Riggleman somewhat infamously resigned from his gig in Washington mid-season last year, upset that the club had yet to exercise his contract option for what would have been this year– and did so immediately after his club’s 11th victory in 12 games.
Um… kind of a red flag there, I think, though he does meet some of the player development criteria we’ve heard that the Jays have laid out, as, according to a piece last year from Adam Kilgore of the Washinton Post, “Riggleman previously worked for Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty, when Jocketty ran the St. Louis Cardinals and Riggleman served as the team’s minor league field coordinator.”
Also, perhaps interestingly, and to the point of the red flag, Alex Anthopoulos, on more than one unquoted occasion in the interview I mentioned yesterday that he gave on TSN Radio, was quite emphatic about how the optics of it all remain far from his mind on this decision.
Now, I don’t want to read into it too much, but I get the sense that it’s possible Rosenthal may be stamping on our foot barking “Hello, Mr. Thompson” here, when after listing the usual suspects with experience (Don Wakamatsu, Manny Acta, Jim Tracy) he writes:
Wakamatsu is the only one of that group who has been identified as a candidate in media reports. Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos prefers to operate quietly, and rarely shows his hand publicly.
It’s true that there have been various reports shooting down the candidacy of Acta and Tracy. So… if he’s tacitly endorsing those suggestions, hinting that the public suggestions about Wakamatsu are misleading, and throwing Riggleman’s name out there, I can’t help but wonder if he’s saying more here than he’s able to in so many words.
Or maybe I’m just really fucking bored…
— Brad McLean (@McLean_Deluxe) November 2, 2012
Welp. I’m sold.