Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Wallach out of running to be Brewers' skipper
Tim Wallach said he is no longer a candidate for the Brewers' managerial job and remains the most likely candidate to be third-base coach for new Dodgers manager Don Matttingly.
Wallach was notified Monday by the Brewers that he was out of the running to replace Ken Macha. Wallach, who managed the Dodgers' Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate the past two years, recently signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers to be on the Major League coaching staff. The deal allows him to interview for managing jobs with a limited number of teams.
The Brewers were one of those teams. Toronto was refused permission to interview Wallach for its manager's job because the Blue Jays are not on the list of teams Wallach submitted. He said he is "not interviewing anymore."
Wallach, who was the Dodgers' big league batting coach from 2004-05, is likely to be the third-base coach, replacing Larry Bowa. Former Kansas City manager Trey Hillman is expected to be bench coach after Bob Schaefer told Mattingly he would not return.
Jeff Pentland, Chili Davis and Manny Mota are expected to handle hitting-coach duties with Rick Honeycutt returning as pitching coach. Ken Howell will return as bullpen coach.
The decision on first-base coach is not clear. Mariano Duncan, after five years at the spot, was told he could look for a Major League job elsewhere, but club officials would not rule out the possibility of Duncan returning. He recently underwent surgery on his Achilles tendon.