The Los Angeles Dodgers have denied a request from the Toronto Blue Jays to speak with PCL manager of the year Tim Wallach. The Jays will have to make due by interviewing everyone else vaguely associated with baseball, including former mascots and youth league coaches.
According to Ken Rosenthal, “Wallach’s contract with the Dodgers only allows him to interview with certain clubs, and the Jays are not one of them, according to a source.”
Wallach recently agreed to become a coach with the Dodgers, after getting passed up for the manager’s job, which went to Don Mattingly. After two years in charge of the Dodger’s Triple A team, Wallach’s contract with the big league club stipulates that he can walk away from the deal if he’s offered the manager’s position with another team.
The deal also limits the teams with which Wallach can interview.
The former Expos third baseman has already spoken with the Milwaukee Brewers and is rumoured to be in the running for the open position with the Marlins.
The Toronto Blue Jays can now scratch Wallach off a list that includes Don Baylor, Brian Butterfield, Samuel, Rob Thomson, Tim Bogar, DeMarlo Hale, John Farrell, Rick Renteria, Nick Leyva, Ron Roenicke, Bobby Valentine, Dave Martinez, Luis Rivera and several of the concession workers at Rogers Centre.
A candidate list hasn’t been this confusing since that episode of Lost where they discovered the cave with all those names written in it.