Confirmed: Tigers interview Tim Wallach
All indications at this point are that Lloyd McClendon is the only in-house candidate for the Tigers managerial post (Gene Lamont and Tom Brookens haven’t been contacted about the job). So if the Tigers are talking with more managerial candidates, they’re most likely coming from outside the organization. There’s no shortage of those, but who first?
Tim Wallach, perhaps?
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
That was followed by this report.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 26, 2013
Jonah Keri is a baseball analyst for ESPN and Grantland who has written extensively about the Montreal Expos. Bill Shaikin covers the Dodgers for the Los Angeles Times.
The reports were confirmed by Wallach, who returned home to California Friday evening after interviewing for the job Friday afternoon.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports mentioned Wallach a couple days ago as a potential option, in part based on his history with Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski. Wallach spent more than a decade as the third baseman in Montreal, including the years when Dombrowski was the Expos general manager.
More important, Wallach was a minor-league manager (Triple-A Albuquerque 2009-2010) and then a third-base coach for Don Mattingly with the Dodgers for the last three seasons. There have been reports that Wallach was in line to become the Dodgers’ interim manager if Mattingly was fired when rumors were flying early in the season.