Astros reveal list of 10 managerial candidates. Guess who made the cut?
The Astros managerial search just got a whole more interesting. This is going to be a fun couple of weeks, regardless of the final outcome.
The Astros revealed their list of 10 managerial candidates and the list consists of a handful of former skippers — including one of their own, Phil Garner. Yes, you read that right. Phil Garner.
The full list: interim manager Dave Clark, Minor League Field Coordinator Al Pedrique, former Brewers manager Ned Yost, Padres hitting coach Randy Ready, former Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, former Nationals manager Manny Acta, Garner, Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills, Red Sox first base coach Tim Bogar and Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.
Everyone but Mackanin will interview this week, and Mackanin will meet with the Astros brass once his team is finished with the postseason.
The managerial candidates will be interviewed by a committee made up of Astros President of Baseball Operations Tal Smith, general manager Ed Wade, Assistant General Managers Ricky Bennett, David Gottfried and Bobby Heck and Special Assistant to the General Manager Enos Cabell.
Clark and Pedrique will be the first of 10 candidates to be interviewed. All candidates will be available to the media following their respective interviews.
“We’re excited about the entire group of candidates,” Wade said. “All 10 candidates have a great deal of experience and are held in high regard throughout Major League Baseball. Clarkie and Al are great internal candidates and are very well-respected both inside and outside the Astros family.”
The interview schedule will go as follows:
Wednesday, October 14: Dave Clark, Al Pedrique
Thursday, October 15: Ned Yost, Randy Ready
Friday, October 16: Bob Melvin, Manny Acta
Saturday, October 17: Phil Garner
Monday, October 19: Brad Mills, Tim Bogar
Following the first round of interviews, the Astros expect to select a short list of finalists who will then meet for a second round of interviews with Smith, Wade, Astros Chairman and CEO Drayton McLane and Astros President of Business Operations Pam Gardner.