Report: Cubs’ Brandon Hyde a candidate for Blue Jays’ managerial opening

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Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde is a candidate for the Toronto Blue Jays’ managerial opening, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Morosi recently reported that Hyde has already interviewed for manager jobs with the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels, while the Minnesota Twins also see him as a candidate to become their next skipper.

Hyde, 45, was a catcher and first baseman in the Chicago White Sox minor-league system from 1997-2000. Following the end of his playing career, the Santa Rosa, Calif., native managed for five seasons across three levels in the Miami Marlins system, before eventually becoming bench coach for the major-league club.

He joined the Cubs following the 2013 campaign and has served separate stints as bench and first base coach with the team.

The Blue Jays are reportedly casting a wide net in their search for a manager who will succeed the successful John Gibbons.

This past weekend the club was finalizing a list of candidates to interview in-person for the job, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Cleveland Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and St. Louis Cardinals’ triple-A manager Stubby Clapp are among external candidates believed to have either received internal consideration or been interviewed by phone to this point, Davidi reported.


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