Colorado Rockies: 5 Candidates for the Open Manager Job

Sep 29, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss (22) walks back to the dugout after checking on Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray (55) during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss (22) walks back to the dugout after checking on Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray (55) during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /
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2) Ron Wotus

Jul 5, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Javier Lopez (49) is taken out of the game by bench coach Ron Wotus (10) in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 5, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Javier Lopez (49) is taken out of the game by bench coach Ron Wotus (10) in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /

Ron Wotus has been the Giants bench coach for so long, they were still playing at Candlestick Park when he started the job. He’s been second in command behind three different managers in San Francisco (Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou and current manager Bruce Bochy), and had tremendous success with all three.

Wotus previously managed in the minor leagues, and won two coach of the year awards in just seven seasons. He’s expressed an interest in managing at the MLB level, and has reportedly interviewed for several openings in previous years.

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It will be difficult for Colorado to find any candidates with more experience or success on their resume than Wotus, not to mention the wealth of knowledge he could bring about beating the Giants and the rest of the NL West.

However, in the past, the Rockies have generally filled their manager position with cheaper options, and it seems unlikely that they’d be able to land Wotus without making a more competitive offer. Other teams seeking managers will likely want to talk with him as well, so if Colorado wants Wotus, they’ll need to be aggressive in their pursuit.