For the past two off-seasons, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach has been interviewing for managerial vacancies and for the second straight winter, he might not get his chance.
Wallach interviewed for the Detroit Tigers managerial vacancy last week and as recently as Thursday for the Seattle Mariners job. However, late last night it was reported that former Dodger catcher Brad Ausmus was taking the Tigers job according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 3, 2013
Wallach was a finalist last season for the Boston Red Sox job before trying to land a managerial job for the 2014 season. Having experience at the minor league level bodes well for Wallach as he led the Triple A Isotopes to their best season back in 2009.
Along with Rick Honeycutt and Davey Lopes, Wallach had his option for the 2014 season picked up and if he doesn’t get the Mariners job, he’ll likely continue as the third base coach. However, with the dismal of bench coach Trey Hillman, Wallach could assume that role and the Dodgers would then hire a new third base coach.
Other candidates for the Mariners job include Oakland A’s bench coach Chip Hale, San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus and San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria. Wallach is in the rare position where he does have some sort of managerial experience, but with the Ausmus and Matt Williams hirings, rookie managers are becoming the norm in baseball.
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