Another name is connected to the Phillies extensive manager search
Contrary to reports the Phillies were “zeroing in” on Lehigh Valley manager Dusty Wathan MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports the Phillies are not done interviewing candidates.
Zolecki reports the team interviewed former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, although it’s not clear when that meeting was, or whether or not the interview was for their manager position or pitching coach.
Farrell was fired by Boston following their playoff exit despite winning the World Series in 2012 and finishing atop the American League East. He was previously with the Toronto Blue Jays for two seasons before they allowed him to leave for Boston.
In his five seasons with Boston Farrell won over 400 games and has finished at .500 or better in four of his seven years managing a major league team.
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General manager Matt Klentak has conducted an extensive search for the franchise’s 54th manager. At least 10 candidates have interviewed and at least five more names have been connected to the organization.
Reported candidates include third base coach Juan Samuel, player development coach Jorge Velandia, Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler, former Diamondbacks coach Chip Hale, former San Francisco Giants third base coach Phil Nevin, and former Nationals manager Manny Acta.
Reports suggest Philadelphia will have a decision by either the end of the month or the conclusion of the World Series between Houston and Los Angeles.
Philadelphia is one of two franchises still searching for a new manager after the Mets, Tigers, and Red Sox made their decisions within the last week.