But when their new GM made his little Hello speech today and said they already had a short list of managerial candidates to interview, I started to think which guy I’d hire for that team. And here’s my suggestion.
No, not Torre. Definitely not Torre. They need someone who’ll not only be able to handle the fishbowl, pressure-cooker atmosphere and demanding media but also keep the players in check – mentoring the rookies and showing a firm hand with the veterans – and providing a spark on the field.
Yes, Larry Bowa fits that bill. I don’t know what sort of contract he has with the Dodgers, but who wouldn’t want to leave that sinking ship?
Over in the AL Central, the news that Dave Eiland was named the Royals’ pitching coach was interesting, particularly because the articles said he talks about his mysterious leave of absence from the Yankees. He doesn’t. All he says is that it was something he had to take care of. Mystery unsolved.