The Los Angeles Dodgers have benefitted from a number of good coaches over the years and current third base coach Tim Wallach is not an exception.
Wallach took over as third base coach of the Dodgers before the start of the 2011 season and has been with the team for the last two seasons. Before that, Wallach served two years as the manager of the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, and led the Topes to a franchise record 80 wins. Wallach proved himself to be a strong asset to any team’s coaching staff and the other teams around MLB started to take notice.
Friday night, Ramona Shelburne, a columnist for ESPNLA.com, tweeted about Wallach’s recent interview with the Detroit Tigers:
Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach interviewed with the Tigers Friday. He was runner up in Boston last year
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) October 26, 2013
Eric Stephen, of trueblueLA.com, confirmed Friday’s meeting as well as said that Wallach interviewed for the Milwaukee Brewers’ managerial position in 2010 as well as for the Boston Red Sox after the team fired Bobby Valentine back in 2012.
Wallach has clearly been shopped for in the past, so it should not be a surprise that the Tigers came looking for him after Jim Leyland stepped down early this week. Stephen said that Wallach does not sound like he is committed to sticking with the Dodgers as long as it takes to become the team’s manager. Wallach said, “I’ve been trying to get experience managing. It wasn’t necessarily to lead me to manage the Dodgers; it was to get me experience to have an opportunity to manage.”
Jason Beck, of MLB.com, reported Thursday that the Tigers first interviewed their current hitting coach, Lloyd McClendon. The in-house option has been with the Tigers and Leyland since 2006 and has been the hitting coach for the last seven. If McClendon and Wallach are the only two serious candidates, McClendon will likely be the odds-on-favorite to claim the manager’s spot. The Dodgers likely do not have to worry all that much about bringing in a new third base coach, but there is still a chance Tim Wallach may be on his way to the Motor City.