MLB Rumors: Sandy Alomar to manage the Toronto Blue Jays

Essentially replicating a game of musical chairs, Cleveland Indians bench coach could be on his way to Toronto to manage the Blue Jays for the 2013 MLB season and beyond.

Late Saturday, it was reported that a deal between the Red Sox and Blue Jays was consummated that would send former Indians pitcher John Farrell to the Red Sox as their new manager, meaning that the Blue Jays managerial spot had been vacated. The Red Sox managerial job was open after the Sox fired Bobby Valentine after one year of service; it was Valentine who replaced the fired Terry Francona, the recently hired manager of the Cleveland Indians.

It was reported that Alomar would return to the Indians as their bench coach after six games as interim manager, but this was under the assumption that the long-time Tribe catcher would not be offered a magagerial job of his own.

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(Source: Matt Loede/92.3 The Fan)

  • maxfnmloans

    good for Sandy. Tougher division, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say the owners in Toronto would be more willing to spend a little to try and compete, rather than letting the season hang on 45 different “ifs” that all have to work out in order for things to not flame out in spectacular fashion

  • mgbode

    great for Sandy. I hope he sticks it in Boston’s craw (always hated teams going after another teams manager/coach). And, NYY as well.

    it’s a tough division, but with the Rays coming of age (read: getting expensive), the NYY and BoSox having their share of problems, and the O`s having a statistically unrepeatable season (all those close wins), the division is sort of ripe for a young team like them to make some noise (if they can get consistent, healthy pitching).

  • Harv 21

    Great for Sandy and Francona. Really, neither of them needed him to be here once Francona signed. If Francona is coming in with a powerhose and establishing his own culture, it’s better that the runner-up and a vestige of the deposed regime not be sitting next to him in the dugout.

    Hope Sandy turns out to be a great manager. He’s handled everything here as a player and coach beautifully.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Bummed Sandy is leaving but you can’t blame him also was hoping Francona might be able to coax former Indian Ferrell back to the T-Pee as pitching coach. Although Farrell probably should have been the BoSox guy a year ago. Go Sox!

  • Practical

    They aren’t “ifs”, they are “What ifs”

  • I’m glad for Sandy, but I feel bad for Torey Lovullo. His name was tossed around for the Boston job if Farrell didn’t get it (although I wouldn’t wish that job on someone taking his first big league managing job), I figured he would be a shoe in for the Toronto job if Farrell left. Can’t blame Toronto for going after Sandy, though. I wonder if Farrell takes Lovullo to Boston with him.