The Denver Post reports that the Colorado Rockies front office has reached the “evaluation” stage in their search for a new manager. That means that they are done interviewing candidates and will select from a list of six men. That list:
Bench coach Tom Runnells, Jason Giambi, former Rockies shortstop Walt Weiss, former White Sox and Mets manager Jerry Manuel, former Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, and Diamondbacks bench coach Matt Williams.
The encouraging thing about this list is that it represents a blend of veteran coaches and less conventional candidates with less experience. It also represents a blend of some with strong ties to the organization and some with little or no connection to the Rockies. Considering these candidates side-by-side, if done in an appropriately thorough manner, should actually give this front office a chance to make a thoughtful decision about the best fit for the job.
At least let’s hope that’s the case.