Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that Tim Wallach is officially out of the running for the Brewers’ managerial opening and is all but guaranteed to remain with the Dodgers as a third base coach in 2011.
Wallach re-signed with the Dodgers earlier this month, but his contract allowed him to pursue manager jobs with a pre-selected number of teams. Milwaukee was on the list, but Toronto wasn’t, and now Wallach will spend a year on Don Mattingly’s coaching staff before likely hitting the interview circuit again next offseason.
After managing at Triple-A last season there was some thought that Wallach would be Mattingly’s bench coach next year, but instead that job is expected to go to former Royals manager Trey Hillman.
Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com did some digging and uncovered why Tim Wallach agreed to a contract with the Dodgers that allowed him to interview for certain managerial openings (like the Brewers) while prohibiting him from pursuing other jobs (like the Blue Jays):
Wallach was allowed to make those lists himself while negotiating the deal, which the source said was unusually beneficial to Wallach in terms of both length and financial compensation. Because there are so many major league managerial openings this winter … the Dodgers didn’t want Wallach to interview for all of them, presumably because that would have held up their effort to fill their coaching staff.
So Wallach was asked to prioritize those eight clubs based on his level of interest before any of those teams even requested permission to talk to him. It isn’t clear how many teams are on the “can-talk-to” list and how many are on the “can’t-talk-to” list. But the source said the Brewers and Blue Jays are the only teams that requested permission to speak with Wallach.
In other words, if Wallach had been better at predicting which teams would be interested in him as a potential manager he’d have been allowed to talk to the Blue Jays, who’re now upset that the Dodgers denied their interview request.
According to Jackson, if Wallach isn’t hired by the Brewers he’ll remain with the Dodgers, likely as the third base coach on Don Mattingly’s staff. Jackson reports that the current third base coach, Larry Bowa, is not expected back in 2011.
Last week the Dodgers denied the Blue Jays permission to interview Tim Wallach for their managerial opening and Robert Macleod of the Toronto Globe and Mail reports that “the Blue Jays organization is miffed at the Dodgers for their refusal to make Wallach available.”
Macleod quotes an unnamed Blue Jays “senior official” as saying that “it makes no sense” and questions why Wallach’s contract has a clause that allows him to interview for certain teams but bans him from talking to others.
Wallach agreeing to that stipulation certainly seems odd, especially since he was just passed over for the Dodgers’ job in favor of Don Mattingly. Right now he’s slated to be a member of Mattingly’s coaching staff, but even if Mattingly struggles in his first managing job it would be several seasons before Wallach was in line to potentially replace him.