You can count on one thing between now and the moment general manager Jack Zduriencik introduces his next manager — every big-league manager wannabe will have his named mentioned somewhere.
Not surprisingly, it already has started.
Five days into his new job, interim manager Daren Brown has company among those who would like to manage the Mariners going forward.
Surprise, surprise, Bobby Valentine’s has emerged front and center, becoming one of the first to have himself associated with his so-called “dream” job. If memory serves, Valentine has been a candidate for every managerial job opening in the past several years, even when he was in Japan.
Friends of friends of friends of friends of his — some of them in the media no doubt — have made it be known that the Mariners job is one of “great interest” to him.
And, if the Reds are unable to re-sign Dusty Baker to a new contract and Baker leaves — possibly to Seattle, which he always has considered one of his favorite cities, Bobby V. probably would become a candidate there as well.
But getting back to the Mariners, there is little Joey Cora, who was runnerup to Don Wakamatsu almost two years ago. He has no previous managerial experience, but Joey has been Ozzie Guillen’s right hand man for several years now with the White Sox and maybe some of Ozzie has rubbed off on Cora.
You can count on the rumor mill churning out names like Tony LaRussa, Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, Alan Trammell, and perhaps even Joe Torre if he decides to leave the Dodgers and, you might recall this guy — Lou Piniella, who has announced that this will be his final year as the Cubs skipper.
No, no, no and no. It will not be Lou.
My guess is that Jack Z will accept every call from a “prospective” candidate, put him on his list of “potential” candidates, allow Brown the opportunity to manage the team the remainder of the season and get down to business finding a “permanent” manager in October, announcing that lucky guy in early November.
But, if you have name in mind as two whom the next Mariners manager should be, send me a note. I’m sure Jack Z doesn’t mind having a looooooog list of candidates..
— Jim Street