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.


Tim Wallach? Anyone, Anyone

Bring back Phil!

I was thinking several weeks ago that maybe Garner could come back as the bench coach. But, that may be a bit hard on the new guy, unless it was his idea. Now, though, with Garner interviewing for the top spot, he must have the itch to manage again. Well….Good luck Phil! And good luck to all the other guys, as well!

But I really do like the idea of Tim Bogar. I hope the fact that he doesn’t have major league managerial experience won’t work against him. His experience as a minor league manager is stellar. Everything points to him having what it takes to lead a major league team, and being excellent at it. Nothing is guaranteed; alot will depend on the team and the resources that he is given. But I would just hate for us to look back in 5 or 10 years, when it’s Bogar has lead another team to multiple play-off berths, that we think, “Man, we could have gotten him back in 2009!”.

The Garner bandwagon just went by and I didn’t jump on. There are plenty of great candidates to be had without going back for seconds.

Slow down with the manager, how about working on getting some talent first.

That\’s way more clever than I was epxecitng. Thanks!

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