Sunday, November 4, 2012

Will the next Jays manager be a name we haven't heard?

The Blue Jays are still without a manager, but you would have to think that will change very soon as free agency is now officially open. The team needs to find someone soon, and with that, find an entirely new coaching staff as well.

Not having a staff in place at this point isn't the worst scenario for the team, but it does help make decisions a whole lot easier when free agents know who their pitching coach, hitting coach, etc. will be. When A.J. Burnett decided to sign with the Blue Jays for five years and $55 million in December of 2005, it helped that Brad Arnsberg, the Jays pitching coach at the time, was part of the Jays staff. Burnett and Arsnberg were connected from their days in Florida with the Marlins.

All we've heard to date is that the Jays next manager will be looked at as a "top secret" mission. The names we've heard so far include Matt Williams, Tim Wallach, Sandy Alomar Jr, Brian Butterfield, Don Wakamatsu as possible candidates. Names such as Brad Ausmus and Manny Acta have been ruled out, according to some, but let's be realistic here, if the next manager is going to be held a secret, every name listed above should be ruled out. The talk as been that the team is looking for a manager with experience, so who's left that fits that description?

Here are few names (long-shots) that may be the next manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tony La Russa: the former Cardinals and Athletics manager is said to be enjoying his new role with Major League baseball, but after retiring a Champion with St. Louis, a phone call to manage again may make him change his mind.

Joe Torre: it was reported before the Red Sox hired John Farrell that Joe Torre was considering managing in Boston. He loves Toronto, and he is friends with Jays President Paul Beeston.

Ozzie Guillen: still being paid $7.5 million over the next three years to NOT manage the Marlins. Might be a PR nightmare, but in the long run, has the experience to manage a clubhouse and not just manage on the field.

Others: Jim Riggleman, Jerry Manuel, Brad Mills, Bobby Valentine, Jim Tracy

Believe me, I know these are big time long shots, but I really think the next manager is a name we haven't heard in the media as of yet.

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