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Minnesota’s Managerial Candidates: External Candidates

Earlier in the week, I looked at the top internal candidates for the Twins open managerial job. Since Tom Kelly was hired in the 1980’s, the club has only hired managers with internal connections to the organization. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine might have a different plan in mind this time around.

There are currently six open managerial positions (Angels, Orioles, Blue Jays, Rangers, and Reds), so the Twins will have competition for some of the top managerial candidates. If the Twins are going to look at external candidates, the club will need to make some swift decisions.

Here is a look at some of the external candidates tied to the Twins.
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Brad Mills
Current Role: Indians bench coach
Qualifications: Mills spent eleven seasons managing in the minor league system of the Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers. He has deep ties to Terry Francona as he was his first base coach in Philadelphia and his bench coach with the Boston Red Sox. Mills was manager of the Astros from 2010-2012, which included two straight 100 loss seasons as the club looked to rebuild.

Sandy Alomar Jr
Current Role: Indians first-base coach
Qualifications: His coaching career started as the catching instructor for the New York Mets organization. He has been on the Indians staff since the 2010 season and served as the interim manager at the end of the 2012 campaign. He had been rumored to be in the running for previous managerial jobs in Toronto, Chicago, and Boston.

Joe Espada
Current Role: Astros bench coach
Qualifications: Espada spent eight seasons managing and coaching in the Marlins organization. From there, he took a special assistant job with Brian Cashman, the Yankees GM. For two seasons, he was the Yankees infield coach and third base coach. In the last two World Baseball Classics, he has coached for the Puerto Rican team and he manages in the Puerto Rican winter league.

Brandon Hyde
Current Role: Cubs bench coach
Qualifications: Hyde coached and managed in the Marlins organization for the better part of a decade. This included stints as the acting manager and the team’s MLB bench coach. He’s served as bench coach and first base coach under the last two Cubs managers, Rick Reneria and Joe Maddon. Last off-season, he was offered a job with the Mets but decided to stay with the Cubs.

Mark DeRosa
Current Role: MLB Network studio analyst
Qualifications: Derosa retired from baseball in 2013 and accepted a studio analyst position with MLB Network. He has no professional coaching experience. The Star Tribune wrote of the club’s interest in him last weekend.

David Ross
Current Role: ESPN baseball color analyst
Qualifications: He famously retired after the Cubs run to the 2016 World Series title. Since his retirement, he has appeared on shows like Dancing with the Stars and Saturday Night Live. He has also written a book and worked closely with charities in the Chicago area. He has no professional coaching experience. The Star Tribune wrote of the club’s interest in him last weekend.

Which external candidate seems like the best fit for the Twins? Or will the club go with another internal candidate? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.


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62 Comments

 

I thought the mention of Mark DeRosa in another article was just a revival of the old Mark DeRosa jokes here. (He was going to be the free agent signing to put us over the top for about 5 years.) 

 

I still hope that's the case.

I just re-read this and thought I better clarify. I hope we're still joking, not that he's still the free agent that will put us over the top this year.

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I think it is interesting that national writers consider the job attractive.

They understand they would have one of the most notoriously cheap owners in MLB, right?

That's how a lot of Twins fans view it, but I wonder if that's how the national media does? Recently there haven't been a lot of examples. Sure, people would cite "lowballing" Yu Darvish and being cheap by drafting Royce Lewis, but those opinions have aged poorly. To me it seems like a lot of it is fabricated.

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TheLeviathan
Oct 11 2018 08:37 PM

Rocco Baldelli?There's a blast from the past.

 

I seem to remember loving him on old baseball video games.

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yarnivek1972
Oct 11 2018 08:55 PM

That's how a lot of Twins fans view it, but I wonder if that's how the national media does? Recently there haven't been a lot of examples. Sure, people would cite "lowballing" Yu Darvish and being cheap by drafting Royce Lewis, but those opinions have aged poorly. To me it seems like a lot of it is fabricated.


This ownership group was willing to fold the franchise less than 20 years ago. That is not fabricated.

 

That's it? "Dancing with the Stars"? TV analyst? Bench coaches? 1B coaches?The Twins can do better than that. Along those lines, I would like to suggest a guy I know,who lives in a van down by the river.

 

You're not allowed to nominate yourself.

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nicksaviking
Oct 12 2018 07:03 AM

 

 

According to Wikipedia Meullens also runs a baseball academy in Curacao. Not sure if that's still true as the citation is old and the link is now broken, but that's a plus in my book. That sounds like someone who proactively looks to work with young baseball players.

 

Also he speaks five languages, including Japanese (he played over there for awhile).

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Meulens has many pluses in my opinion. The Twins could do much worse in choosing a qualified candidate and one who could potentially help to ignite this team.

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FunnyPenguin
Oct 12 2018 07:32 AM

Chris Giminez?  

The number one thing the Twins need is a guy that can work and develop the young players, and has the patience to do it.Needs to be a teacher that realizes young players will make mistakes.

 

From this list, I am not sure who that is and I think I would lean to Joe Espada.He is the youngest candidate and seems to have the right type of experience for this club.

 

I just re-read this and thought I better clarify. I hope we're still joking, not that he's still the free agent that will put us over the top this year.

Super utility player/manager. 

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Super utility player/manager. 

"Super/Man"

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Oh man, I would LOVE David Ross!!But I don't know if he'd be a good manager.But MAN he would be a great interview!!I like the idea of Alomar.I have no doubt it'll be an outside the box choice...no obvious choices, no retreads.

Mr. Hyde.

 

Umpires would hate arguing with that guy.

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KLAW with some thoughts:

 

first link is my Twins' excerpt, second link is the original post....

 

http://twinsdaily.co...s-etc/?p=799618

 

http://meadowparty.c...wchat-10-11-18/

 

Mills is over 60, isn't he?

 

Makes Molitor look young.

 

Like the pedigree of Espada, especially two years watching Cashman up close.Speaks Spanish.Must be fluent in analytics, Puertorriqueno would help with Berrios and Rosario.

It would be ironic if we got older twice in a row. Gardy will start looking like a young, fresh face.

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Thinking Molitor wasn't a good manager is completely unrelated to having a better candidate in mind.

 

 

Amen to that.This takes me back to the Gardy debate when if it were suggested Gardy be fired some homer would pipe up saying, "Who you gonna get that's better?"

 

I can't pretend to know who is the right fit for this job, but after watching Molitor I know for sure it ain't him

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Chris Giminez?  

I almost just threw up in my mouth!

 

You're not allowed to nominate yourself.

There goes my plan. I guess it's on to plan B - I need to start living in my van

 

Along those lines, I would like to suggest a guy I know,who lives in a van down by the river.

No reason in particular, but which river would that be?

 

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Please tell me NO to DeRosa and Ross. I still believe in things like oh I don't know, actual experience managing a team a roster.

Palomar and Espada both intrigue me, and not simply because they bring a Latin influence, which I have argued for some time has been missing in the dugout.

Espada is currently working for one of the best teams in baseball, and I'm assuming he was there for the turnaround. (Not sure how long he's actually been with Houston at the moment). I like that he worked with Cashman and the Yankees and has worked in the WBC and has management experience in the winter leagues.

Alomar has some pretty solid credentials as well, was a tremendous ML player, and come on, there is something about quality catchers turning in to good coaches and managers. They see the game in a manner different than others from behind the dish. They understand handling pitchers, see the defense and how it works, and watch the entire flow of a game from a different perspective. My only problem with him is an odd one; so many truly great pkayers don't always make the best managers/coaches because the game was so natural for them they just seem to expect everyone else to see and know what they do. Can he truly teach and identify?

Slightly off target, I have a hunch that Watkins, an internal candidate, has a bright future. I just don't believe his time is now.

I have to ask you all, if Jake Mauer hadn't decided to walk away and had continued his success and general ascent in the system last year, would he be a top candidate right now?
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It would be ironic if we got older twice in a row. Gardy will start looking like a young, fresh face.


Mills is younger than Molitor.
I would love Meulens
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Rocco Baldelli?There's a blast from the past.

 

I seem to remember loving him on old baseball video games.

 MVP 2005

 

 

This ownership group was willing to fold the franchise less than 20 years ago. That is not fabricated.

 

16 years ago, different dude running the show now.

No mention of Nick Punto? Hey, think of all of those other utility infielders that turned into good managers (Ron Washington, Renteria, Alex Cora, and Gardenhire come to mind) and maybe it isn't such a crazy idea.

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nicksaviking
Oct 15 2018 01:10 PM

Sounds like along with Derek Shelton, Brandon Hyde, Hensley Meulens and Rocco Baldelli (and maybe a few others?) have already interviewed. All look like interesting candidates to me and from an organizational perspective I like how under-the-radar this has been.

 

From a local journalistic perspective, seriously, what the heck. Unless they had all four (and maybe more?) interviews this morning, seems like our writers aren't on top of things.