Four in line for Tribe's managerial post
GM Mark Shapiro met with reporters today, following Manny Acta’s formal interview for the Tribe’s managerial vacancy, and revealed that four candidates are in the hunt for the job.
Acta, the former Nationals skipper, is, of course, a finalist.
The remaining internal candidate is not Travis Fryman, as had been speculated elsewhere, but Triple-A manager Torey Lovullo. Lovullo will interview on Friday.
Former Mets and Rangers manager and current ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine is also in the mix. Shapiro was not yet sure when Valentine will be coming to Cleveland, but it will be sometime this week.
Finally, there is another candidate whose identity Shapiro did not reveal. Shapiro just said that this candidate currently has other responsibilities — the implication being that he is still involved in the postseason. Though Shapiro didn’t say so, Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly is that guy. The Dodgers are down 3-1 to the Phillies in the NLCS, so he could be available to interview soon.
While it’s believed these are the final four candidates, there is a chance that one or two others may emerge late. For now, it’s down to Acta, Lovullo, Valentine and Mattingly.
MLB.com contributor Steve Herrick will have more on the Indians.com site in a bit.