Phillies manager search: Who’s in, who’s out?

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Where do the Phillies stand in their search for a new manager?

Two big names in baseball’s annual manager search have been taken off the table. With Boston and Detroit appearing to have their new leaders in place the Phillies and general manager Matt Klentak continue to conduct interviews.

After going through multiple in-house candidates the team is broadening their search and taking a look at several west coast teams for answers.

Here’s a full list of the reported names interviewed, no longer in the running, and potential sleepers.

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Juan Samuel – Former player & third base coach

Jorge Velandia – Phillies player development coach

Dusty Wathan – Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager

Chip Hale – Oakland Athletics third base coach/Former Diamondbacks manager

Phil Nevin – San Francisco Giants third base coach

Manny Acta – Former Nationals manager

Gabe Kapler – Dodgers player development director

Reported Interest

Mike Redmond – Former Marlins manager/Rockies bench coach

Brad Ausmus – Former Tigers manager

Tim Bogar – Former Seattle Mariners bench coach

Gary DiSarcina – Former Red Sox bench coach

Ron Gardenhire – Named Detroit Tigers manager on Oct. 20

Alex Cora – Reportedly signing with Boston Red Sox post-World Series

Mickey Callaway – Reportedly signing with the New York Mets; current Cleveland Indians pitching coach

Ruben Amaro Jr. – Former general manager/Red Sox first base coach

Larry Bowa – Former manager/bench coach; named special adviser to the general manager

Buck Showalter – Baltimore Orioles manager

John Farrell – Former Red Sox manager

Potential Surprises

Dusty Baker – Former Nationals/Reds manager

Raul Ibanez – Former player

Next: Five veteran candidates for manager

Callaway has been a guy I’ve pinpointed from day one, and in my mind is the odds-on favorite to win the job. With incredible success in Cleveland Callaway has a track record of building a young team up at a relatively young age.

Hale and Nevin were major surprises in the search, but it’s good to know Klentak is leaving no stone unturned. Perhaps one or the other becomes a bench/hitting coach under the next manager.