Cross Chip Hale Off Twins’ Managerial Candidate List


Oakland bench coach Chip Hale, who the Twins had scheduled to interview for their open manager position, will be hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks today.  Hale reportedly cancelled his interview with the Twins to follow through on the Arizona opening:

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For the Twins, this is the first candidate to be crossed off the list due to the candidate being hired by a different organization.  General manager Terry Ryan has been very thorough in bringing in external candidates and with that thoroughness, has set a plodding pace to the interviews.  With candidates now starting to fall off with hirings, it would behoove Ryan to pick up the pace.  This is not a huge setback for the organization as many have felt that Hale was a long-shot candidate, but the fact that he never even made it to the interview process with the Twins should raise some eyebrows.

With the Diamondbacks deciding on Hale, that leaves the Twins and the Texas Rangers as the last two teams looking to fill their manager position.  Both teams have interviewed Torey Lovullo and Joe McEwing, so there is some competition should the Twins decide either of those candidates will be tabbed as the new manager.  For the Twins, internal candidates Paul Molitor and Doug Mientkiewicz are still considered the favorites, with Lovullo and McEwing being considered secondary candidates.  Sandy Alomar Jr. is also an external candidate being considered as well. Alomar has also been tied to rumors that the Rangers have interest in him for their opening as well.

For now, the managerial saga continues, but appears to be drawing to a close soon.

Until next time….

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