Feb 17, 2013; Fort Myers FL, USA; Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo (17) poses during photo day at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers Could Announce Manager Decision on Monday

Chalk this one up to speculation at this point, but the Lynn Henning of the Detroit News tweeted out his expectation that the Tigers would announce their decision on Monday.

@ShaneGoBlue Shane: Guessing tomorrow on Lovullo. Would expect a new manager announcement Monday.

— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) October 31, 2013

That would seem to make Torey Lovullo, current bench coach of the Boston Red Sox, the final candidate on the list that also includes:

Lloyd McClendoncurrent Tigers hitting coach

Tim Wallachcurrent Dodgers third base coach

Brad Ausmuscurrent Padres special assistant

Rick Renteria – current Padres bench coach

(Torey Lovullo – current Red Sox bench coach)

Unless I’m missing someone, that’s the full list of names that have been connected with interviews with the club. There has been no indication whether the team has (or will) interview internal candidates Tom Brookens and Gene Lamont or experienced managers such as Charlie Manuel and Manny Acta.

And that’s the interesting thing. If this really is the full list of candidates, then the only one with actual big league experience is McClendon. Otherwise the collection is a group of high-ranking major league assistants (and you can include McClendon in that group as well). You could take that one of two ways: (1) it was always going to be McClendon’s job or (2) experience really has nothing to do with what they’re looking for.

I’m hoping it’s option two; that they’re looking for someone who’s not stuck in his managerial ways. Someone who would be willing to listen to (and work with) the front office without seeing it as an affront to his knowledge and/or managerial style.

Tags: Detroit Tigers

  • rings13

    So the speculation is that we’re going to hire the bench coach who “forgot” to remind John Farrell that it might not be a good idea to allow the pitcher to hit for himself in the 9th inning of a tie World Series game? This is supposed to get us “over the hump”?
    I trust DD, but don’t like the TL choice on paper. I’m hoping instead that some folks have been interviewed that we don’t know about, such as Dave Martinez or Bruce Fields.

    • Damus Fucious

      I recall lots of times Bruce Fields forgot things in the Mud Hens dugout.

      Dave Martinez hasn’t good communication skills. Do you want another Luis Pujols as manager?

      • rings13

        Martinez is bilingual and has worked under Madden. I’m pretty sure he’s picked up a thing or two on “communication” and he can do math, which is something the Tigers NEED to do more.
        Fields has been pretty successful as a manager (without bench coaches & with shuffling rosters) as the minor league level, including two championships & 2 MOY awards. He knows our organization very well.
        Both would be worthy of consideration, IMHO.