The Rays interviewed Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin for their managerial opening, wrapping up the first round of interviews, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays are expected to narrow down their list, then complete another round of interviews before deciding on their successor to Joe Maddon.
The Rays had phone interviews with Craig Counsell, Raul Ibanez, and Don Wakamatsu on November 7. Last Saturday, they interviewed Dave Martinez and Manny Acta, and on Wednesday, they interviewed Kevin Cash.
Larkin doesn’t have any major league managerial experience, but he was a coach for the United States in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He managed Brazil’s team in the WBC in 2013.