The Los Angeles Dodgers are still negotiating a contract with manager Don Mattingly, but they could be on the verge of losing another member of their coaching staff.
Earlier in the week, GM Ned Colletti and management didn’t renew the contract of bench coach Trey Hillman, arguably Mattingly’s closest friend on the staff and who he handpicked back in 2010. However, according to Jonah Keri of Grantland.com, the Detroit Tigers are actively pursuing third base coach Tim Wallach for their managerial vacancy:
Now for something completely different — an actual source-based rumor. Hearing talks escalating for Tim Wallach re: Tigers manager job.
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) October 26, 2013
Wallach and fellow coaches Ricky Honeycutt and Davey Lopes had their options picked up this week as they’ve been on Mattingly’s staff for the past three seasons.
Not only has Wallach been a third base coach for the Dodgers, he was the hitting coach under Jim Tracy and Grady Little during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. In 2009, Wallach was named the manager of the Dodgers Triple A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes and accumulated 80 wins and was named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.
Like the Dodgers, the Tigers made it to the Championship series and after they lost to the Red Sox, long-time manager Jim Leyland announced that he’d be retiring.
It was reported that Tigers management interviewed former Pirates manager and current hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, but it looks like Wallach could be the choice. If he goes to Detroit, the Dodgers will need to add another coach to Mattingly’s staff as things should pick up after the World Series.
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