In Cleveland Indians rumors, first-base coach and Tribe living legend Sandy Alomar Jr. may get an interview to manage the Texas Rangers in 2019.
The season’s over which means the hot stove gets cranked up and there’s already some Cleveland Indians rumors to contemplate.
Sandy Alomar Jr. has been viewed as a potential manager for more than a few years now, and he’s likely going to get an interview to take over the Texas Rangers.
The report comes from the Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson.
Alomar played for the Rangers in 2005 and lives in Dallas.
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After a memorable playing career in Cleveland that ended after the 2000 season, Alomar returned to the Tribe in 2009 to serve as Manny Acta‘s bench coach.
The Indians fired Acta with a week remaining in the 2012 season. Alomar served as interim manager and went 3-3.
He appeared to be the favorite to take on the job full time during the offseason until Terry Francona came out of nowhere to take the job.
Don Wakamatsu, Rangers’ assistant GM Jayce Tingler and Astros’ bench coach Joe Espada could also be interviewed.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Alomar interview for the Toronto Blue Jays job either with Mark Shapiro running the club.
It’s a little surprising Alomar is still with the Indians. He seemingly gets interviews every offseason, played a position that produces managers and has rich baseball bloodlines.
Wilson noted that the trend in baseball these days is to give the job to recently retired players because, in theory, they better understand what modern players are going through.
Alomar hasn’t played since 2007, but he’s been no stranger to MLB clubhouses. After retirement, Alomar took a catching instructor role with the Mets, a role is served during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
As for the Indians, there’s more than a few Tribe fans grumbling about Francona’s future after the team got swept out of the postseason.
Francona isn’t going anywhere though, unless he decides he wants to retire.