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Thirteen names to watch for the Twins managing job

October 3, 2018

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have said it’ll take several weeks for them to hire a replacement for fired manager Paul Molitor. Here are some names they could be pondering.

In the past two years, they have added virtual unknowns to the teams coaching staff.

Falvey and Levine are likely not hung up on experience, and more in favor of a manager to relates well to young players, values analytics, promotes healthy nutrition and cutting-edge workouts for players. Being bilingual would be important too

Remember, the Yankees hired Aaron Boone directly from the broadcast booth and the Phillies tabbed Gabe Kapler partly for his healthy lifestyle evangelism.

With several other managerial openings around major league baseball, here is a list of names (in alphabetical order) being tossed about:

Sandy Alomar Jr., 52: Clevelands first-base coach has long been mentioned for managerial openings. Could connect well with Latin American players.

Brad Ausmus, 49: An executive with the Angels, Ausmus was manager of Detroit from 2014-17, winning the AL Central in his first season. Could replace Mike Scioscia as Angels manager.

Jeff Banister, 54: Recently fired by the Rangers, he was hired in Texas while Levine was with the organization.

Mark DeRosa, 43: The former player is a hit analyst on the MLB network. Also in the rumor mill as a possible successor when Joe Madden leaves the Cubs.

Joe Espada, 43: Bench coach for the world champion Astros under A.J. Hinch. Twins fans might remember him as Josue Espada, taken by Minnesota in the 1998 Rule 5 draft; he didnt make the team.

Travis Fryman, 49: Currently a minor league hitting instructor for Cleveland who has managerial aspirations. Consummate professional as a player.

Brandon Hyde, 45: Maddens bench coach with the Cubs; has been a bench coach for four managers in the big leagues.

John McDonald, 44: A 16-year major leaguer, he is infield coordinator for the Indians. He has no managing experience, but is said to be a candidate for the Toronto job.

Brad Mills, 61: Cleveland bench coach was Houstons manager for three seasons (2010-12) in the Astros early rebuild and had a 171-274 record. Age might count against him.

Jayce Tingler, 37: Mentioned by MLB insiders, the Texas assistant general manager came up through its system while Levine was with the Rangers.

David Ross, 41: ESPN analyst was a highly respected catcher for eight teams, retiring after winning a World Series with the Cubs. Could be first big-league manager who was on Dancing with the Stars.

Derek Shelton, 48: The Twins bench coach has also been a major league coach with Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

Joel Skinner, 57: Falvey and Levine hired the former big league manager to run the team at Class AAA Rochester this season.

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