It's been just 12 days since the end of the regular season, which marked the end of Cito Gaston's tenure as Toronto's manager, and the Blue Jays have been extremely busy. Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Jays have already interviewed 14 candidates, either in person or by phone. Whoever they wind up with, you can't say they didn't put in their due diligence.
- Don Baylor, age 61, fired Friday as Rockies hitting coach
- Tim Bogar, 43, Red Sox third base coach
- Brian Butterfield, 52, Jays third base coach
- John Farrell, 48, Red Sox pitching coach
- Sal Fasano, 38, Class A Lansing manager
- DeMarlo Hale, 49, Red Sox bench coach
- Nick Leyva, 57, Jays bench coach
- Bob Melvin, 48, Mets pro scout
- Rick Renteria, 49, Padres first base coach
- Ron Roenicke, 54, Angels bench coach
- Luis Rivera, 46, manager, Double-A New Hampshire
- Rob Thomson, 47, Yankees third base coach
- Bobby Valentine, 60, ESPN broadcaster
- Eric Wedge, 42 (reportedly hired by the Mariners)
Elliott also speculates that the Jays have at least seven other people on their list to interview.
-- David Andriesen
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