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Jays interview Melvin, Wedge

Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:08 pm
Bob Melvin
Cito Gaston isn't departing the Blue Jays for another week, but the team isn't wasting any time looking for his replacement.

The Toronto Sun reports that the Jays this week interviewed former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin as well as former Indians manager Eric Wedge. Both have other potential suitors, as Wedge has interviewed with the Cubs and Melvin is scheduled to meet the Cubs and is considered a candidate with the Mets if (OK, when) they fire Jerry Manuel.

Melvin (pictured) interviewed to join Manuel's coaching staff after last season and was not hired, but Jeff Wilpon, the son of the Mets' owner, hired Melvin as a scout. Melvin, a former journeyman major-league catcher, has a 493-508 career record in six-plus seasons as a manager. Wedge went 561-573 in seven years at the helm of the Indians and was replaced after last season.

The Jays will interview their bench coach, Nick Leyva, who managed the Phillies for two-plus seasons. Also on Toronto's radar, according to the Sun: Tim Wallach, Triple-A manager in the Dodgers system; Ryne Sandberg, Triple-A manager in the Cubs system; Rockies hitting coach Don Baylor; and Juan Samuel, who was interim manager of the Orioles for much of this season.

Expect to see these same names crop up all over baseball this winter, as there could be a record amount of managerial turnover. The game of musical chairs has just begun.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2010 6:30 pm

Jays interview Melvin, Wedge

I don't want any of these retreads. Guys with losing records? Come on!! I want a proven winner or I want a young upstart. I don't want Melvin, Wedge or Baylor.

Billy Terd
Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2010 6:10 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 3:48 pm

Jays interview Melvin, Wedge

Cito's retiring. Just please, anyone but Don Baylor.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:17 pm

Jays interview Melvin, Wedge

Wake me when the Jays re-hire Cito Gaston, again.

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