Cashman says manager will come from among 6 interviewed
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 02, 2017 08:36 AM
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, right, talks with members of the media at the annual baseball general managers' meetings, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team's interviews for manager have been completed and Joe Girardi's successor will come from among the six candidates.
New York interviewed Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge, San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens, ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward and former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, who retired as a player after winning his first World Series title this year with Houston.
"We learned a lot, and I think every single person in that room earned the right to be there, deserved to be in that room," Cashman said told reports at an event Friday in Stamford. "They all offered a lot of insight that provided some ta-da moments, like, wow, that's impactful, that's something we could utilize, we should utilize."
Only Wedge has previous big league managerial experience.
"Everybody has their strengths, everybody, obviously, has weaknesses. There's no perfect candidate," Cashman said. "We're looking for someone that — you know, like we had before — someone that we can work with and collaborate with and connect with and in good times and in bad. And we've had that the last two managers I've worked with in Joe Torre and Joe Girardi, and we're looking forward to having that again with a new one as we move forward."
Cashman consulted with retired Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
"I reached out to Alex a number of times — hey, what do you got? I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have a lot of respect for and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody" Cashman said. "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form in it. I engaged him, but — I don't want to speak for him — but I don't think he has any interest in that position."