The Jays’ Remaining Needs, Part I: Manager

It has been reported on mlbtraderumors.com (link here) that the Jays have pared their list of managerial candidates down to two: Jim Riggleman and Jim Tracy.  However, there is some mystery surrounding these two possibilities: the Jays haven’t even contacted Jim Riggleman.  That would seem to preclude him as a viable candidate.

Jim Tracy fits the Jays’ main criterion (he’s experienced), but he would be a curious choice.  As I mentioned the other day in a piece about prospective managers, he has no American League experience.  However, this is mitigated by the Jays recent acquisition of two speedsters (Reyes, Bonifacio), to complement the speed they already have (Lawrie; Rajai).  Perhaps a career NL manager would complement the Jays’ new look.

The direction that I lean, however, is the as-yet unseen candidate.  Alex Anthopoulos’ ability to maintain strict ‘radio silence’ about his moves is becoming legendary.  Apart from the principles, who in the world saw the Happ deal or the Marlins deal coming?  Five days ago, who would have predicted a Melky signing?  The reason I posit this as a possibility is that it’s consistent with his manoeuvres to this point in his career as the Blue Jays GM.

Wes Kepstro

Edit: Riggleman and Tracy aren’t the only two candidate.  Apologies!  Wes

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    • 5 Wes Kepstro December 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

      It’s funny, but as I look at the candidates for the Jays’ bench boss, we couldn’t have foreseen John Gibbons’ return. Jim Riggleman and Jim Tracy were no more than smokescreens used to divert our attention from the real candidate.


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