DETROIT – The Toronto Blue Jays’ still-developing list of managerial candidates includes Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach but not San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus.
Two other names routinely floated in connection with the job – Jim Tracy and Manny Acta – are also not believed to be in play right now.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos sought to interview Wallach two years ago but at the time a contract provision prevented that from happening. The longtime Montreal Expos third baseman also interviewed with the Boston Red Sox for the vacancy eventually filled by John Farrell.
Ausmus interviewed with the Red Sox too, and is considered a rising star but he has no previous experience and the Blue Jays are likely seeking someone who has done the job before in the majors or the minors.
Farrell came into the Blue Jays job with experience as a pitching coach, but none as a manager.
Even if Ausmus did fit that criteria, it’s not certain he’d be interested in the position. He reportedly turned down a chance to interview for openings with the Florida Marlins and Houston Astros, and is thought to only be interested in the Padres or Red Sox for personal reasons.
Wallach started out as a hitting coach in the Dodgers system, reaching the majors in 2004-05 in the role, and later managed triple-A Albuquerque in 2009 and ’10 before returning to the Los Angeles as third base coach in ’11.
Other potential candidates are a tightly held secret.
Anthopoulos intends to speak with people he didn’t interview two years ago when Farrell was hired before looping back to compare them against the candidates from last time, which include finalists DeMarlo Hale, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Blue Jays third base coach Brian Butterfield.
Don Wakamatsu, interviewed last time and invited back to serve as Farrell’s bench coach, is another internal possibility.