Report: Ed Sprague interviewed for Blue Jays’ manager position

The Toronto Blue Jays' Ed Sprague chases down the ball in this March 1993 file photo. (Hans Deryk/CP)

The Toronto Blue Jays could be turning to one of their former players to fill their open manager position.

Ed Sprague was reportedly interviewed for the job, according to Bob Elliott of Canadian Baseball Network.

Sprague began his playing career in Toronto when he played third base for the Blue Jays between 1991-98.

On Tuesday, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reported that the team had narrowed down their search to five candidates, four of whom were believed to be Joe Espada (the Houston Astros bench coach), David Bell (the San Francisco Giants’ farm director), Rocco Baldelli (the Tampa Bay Rays’ major-league field co-ordinator), and Brandon Hyde (the Chicago Cubs’ bench coach).

Sprague is currently the co-ordinator of instruction for the Oakland Athletics, the team the Jays traded him to in 1998.

The 51-year-old has 11 years of experience as head coach of the University of the Pacific’s baseball team, and played a total of 11 years in the majors that also included stops with the Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.

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