The Dodgers intend to bring back manager Don Mattingly for at least the 2014 season, but that hasn’t stopped members of his coaching staff to entertain offers from other teams.
Third base coach Tim Wallach had his option for next season picked up, but has higher aspirations as he’s already interviewed for the Detroit Tigers managerial opening. However, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Wallach is interviewing for another vacancy on Thursday:
Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach will be interviewing for the Mariners’ managerial job, according to sources. Wallach, the current third-base cocach of the Dodgers, interviewed previously for the Detroit Tigers’ managerial opening.
Along with Ricky Honeycutt, Davey Lopes and Mark McGwire, Wallach is currently on the Dodgers staff, but after being passed over for other managerial positions, it’s clear he wants to be the main guy.
Including Wallach, the Mariners will have five head coaching candidates and if he does leave to either Detroit or Seattle, the Dodgers would have to add another person to their coaching staff. Bench coach Trey Hillman was fired as management wants Mattingly to have an experienced right-hand man for in-game strategy.
Wallach does have managerial experience as he managed the Dodgers Triple A team in 2009 before joining Mattingly’s staff back in 2010. With several managerial vacancies out there, the odds are in Wallach’s favor to land a managerial job this off-season.
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