I had a conversation with my parents over the weekend regarding the Twins' search for a new manager. A lot of it revolved around who I thought could get the job and why, but we also speculated about which coaches could be retained - if any. The gist of our conversation? We have no damned idea what this team is going to do.
Here's the latest anyway.
We had a good thread on this over at the Twinkie Town Facebook page, where - based on a heads up by a friend of the website - we started to wonder whether somebody had stumbled upon the covert news that the Twins had actually hired Torey Lovullo as their new manager. You can still see the page here.
Of course, that ended up being false. Thanks to the ability for clever websites to clone pages, we were taken for a bit of a premature ride. Because if that page was true, then also true is the hiring of Babe Ruth as hitting coach and Cy Young as pitching coach.
I just figure that, if we've somehow found a way to reanimate Babe Ruth and Cy Young, we could probably find a better coach than Torey Lovullo. No offense to Lovullo.
These are a few of the questions my parents and I wrestled with this weekend. I'm curious to see what you think.
- Is there any way that Tom Brunansky returns as the Twins' hitting coach?
- If Paul Molitor doesn't want the manager's job, would he still be willing to return in another capacity?
- What are Brunansky and Molitor's chances of returning if the Twins hire an external candidate versus an internal one?
- What would it take for Lovullo to "nail" his interview, as it was put by Wolfson?
As time marches on and candidates start to fall out of the running, a new name came up late last week: Demarlo Hale. Hale is the bench coach for the Blue Jays, and has been coaching since 2002. His resume includes four years as a first base coach with the Rangers, followed by four years at third and then two as a bench coach with the Red Sox, one year as the third base coach for the Orioles, and now he's just finished his second season as a bench coach for Toronto.
Just a reminder: you can keep up with all of the candidates and their most recent status via our Twins' manager tracker. To the best of our knowledge, the Twins have now interviewed seven candidates (three internal; four external with McEwing now out of the running). Be sure to swing to that post for the latest on everyone.