Royals' bench coach Don Wakamatsu is set to interview with the Rockies for the open manager job, Jon Heyman reports. Wakamatsu managed the Mariners in 2009 and 2010. After he was fired, the team replaced him with Eric Wedge. Wakamatsu also served as the Blue Jays' bench coach under John Farrell.
In the "notes" section of this article, Jon Heyman writes that "it is believed" the Rockies will interview Dave Martinez and Sandy Alomar Jr. for manager. Martinez has been the bench coach under Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay as well as Chicago. Alomar is the current first base coach for the Indians, but he was Terry Francona's first bench coach in Cleveland in 2013. Both Martinez and Alomar have been considered for multiple positions in the past. It's also notable that both speak Spanish. Latin American players account for almost a quarter of all players, so being able to speak Spanish should be a desirable trait for any open managing position.
Joe Maddon offered some comments about his current bench coach, Martinez, and the possibility that he'll be hired away by a team like the Rockies. One particular quote from Maddon highlights why he might be a good fit for a young team like the Rockies. In his capacity as bench coach, Maddon said that Martinez "put out the fires before they ever" got to the manager's office and elsewhere. He was a "conduit" between the players and the manager. Of course, as a manger he wouldn't be able to play the same role, but nevertheless, it's a welcome skill for a team like the Rockies.
The list of possible managers is growing by the day. In addition to Martinez, Alomar, and Wakamatsu, Bud Black, Brad Mills, Bo Porter, Glenallen Hill, and Tim Wallach have all been connected to the team in some way. Things should start to move this week.
Patrick Saunders spoke with John Hanson, an 84-year-old Colorado resident who attended a World Series game in Wrigley Field in 1945. He recalls some details of the game, as well as growing up as a fan of the Cubs and not seeing them return to the World Series for 71 years. Given how mobile people in the U.S. have been over the last century, there are probably a few stories like this in every state.
Mark Kiszla has an excellent recap of Game 4 of the World Series, and it doesn't even have a reference to what happened on the field. It's a personal and relatable essay. Read it.