Monday, October 15, 2012

Hansen Out; Wallach To Follow?

Given the way the Dodgers slept through most of the post-All Star Break run, adn the way we finished 13th in runs scored and RBIs in the NL, I suppose it's not surprising, even if unfounded, that Dodger hitting coach Dave Hansen has been moved from his position:

LOS ANGELES -- Dave Hansen is out as hitting coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have offered him another position within the organization.

Sources close to the situation told that Hansen already has been approached by several other major league clubs and is deciding whether to pursue outside opportunities or remain with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers have not named a replacement for Hansen. Former Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, who was fired in May, worked last season as a special assistant to Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and often traveled with the team to work with hitters and throw batting practice.

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, third-base coach Tim Wallach, first-base coach Davey Lopes, bench coach Trey Hillman and bullpen coach Ken Howell will return in 2013. Wallach interviewed for the vacant Boston Red Sox managerial job Friday.

Of course, Wallach's return depends upon how he did on his managerial interview with the Boston Red Sox last week:

BOSTON -- For the second time on the three occasions the Boston Red Sox have been in the market for a new manager under owner John Henry, they began by interviewing a third-base coach from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tim Wallach, 55, spent the entire day meeting with Ben Cherington and members of the general manager's staff as the Sox opened their first round of interviews Friday in search of a replacement for Bobby Valentine, who was fired eight days earlier. Wallach had dinner with Cherington and his staff Friday night, and he was scheduled to fly back to his home on the West Coast on Saturday.

"I thought it went well," said Wallach, a five-time All-Star as a third baseman, who twice before has interviewed for big-league managing jobs. His first came in 2006 with the San Diego Padres and the second was in 2010 with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Perhaps Wallach just wants to find a job that keeps him busier than he was in August, standing lonely over beside third base. There certainly would be a lot of people up in his grill in Boston, that's for sure.


QuadSevens said...

I really don't want to see Wallach head east like all our other ex players.

QuadSevens said...

...only direction allowed is south. To Mexico.