Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A look at San Diego's last Managerial hiring process...

So assuming the sources are correct and Sandy Alderson is the new GM of the team, after the appropriate congratulations are given then the first question is who will be the manager.  For most Mets fans their choice would be either Wally Backman or Bobby Valentine. 

However, many who know Alderson's style feel neither would be his type of manager.  Bobby V. is a high priced, big ego type that doesn't fall into the middle management role and Backman is too much of a wild card.  Heyman further tweets that Alderson hiring Backman might signal that ownership is in charge.

We all know who has managed under Alderson but I thought it might be more insightful to see who interviewed.  In 2006 Kevin Towers interviewed six managerial candidates and reviewed them with Sandy.  Three of the candidates were brought back for second interviews prior to Bud Black being hired. 

Dusty Baker interviewed for the San Diego Padres' managerial opening on Monday, the last of six candidates to meet with team executives.

General manager Kevin Towers said he planned to sit down with CEO Sandy Alderson on Tuesday to begin the process of getting down to two finalists.

The others who interviewed to become Bruce Bochy's replacement were St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo; Angels pitching coach Bud Black; Trey Hillman, manager of the Japanese team Nippon Ham Fighters; San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus; and former Dodgers hitting coach Tim Wallach. source ESPN

Black earned the job one day after meeting with Padres CEO Sandy Alderson and owner John Moores for a second interview. The other presumed finalists who met with Alderson were former Cubs and Giants manager Dusty Baker and Japanese league manager Trey Hillman. source North County Times San Diego paper