As the World Series prepares to kick off tonight in Cleveland, another name is emerging as a potential candidate for the vacant Colorado Rockies manager position.
Tim Wallach, the current bench coach for the Miami Marlins, was recently mentioned in a tweet by MLB reporter Chris Cotillo as a possible Colorado managerial candidate.
The 59-year-old Wallach played for three teams over his 17-year playing career between 1980 and 1996. Thirteen of those years were spent with the Montreal Expos while he also had stints with the California Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Wallach batted .257 with 2,085 hits, 260 home runs and 1,125 RBI during his career. He was a five-time National League All-Star with Montreal and earned three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for NL third baseman. He led the Major Leagues in doubles in 1987 (42) and was the NL leader in 1989 (42). Wallach also won two Silver Slugger Awards and is Montreal/Washington’s all-time franchise leader with 1,694 hits, 360 doubles, 905 RBI and 1,767 games.
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Wallach managed the Albuquerque Isotopes, now Colorado’s Triple-A affiliate, from 2009-2010 before moving up to coach third base for the Dodgers from 2011-2013. He just finished his third season as the bench coach under Don Mattingly, moving with Mattingly from Los Angeles to south Florida when Mattingly was named as Miami’s manager prior to the 2016 campaign.
He joins several other candidates who have been mentioned for the job left open when Walt Weiss stepped down as Colorado’s manager on the day after the 2016 season concluded. Among those mentioned have been former MLB managers Bud Black and Ron Roenicke as well as Atlanta’s Bo Porter and Eddie Perez. Former Houston manager and current Cleveland coach Brad Mills has also been mentioned for the job.
While all of those names are outside the Rockies organization, one name prominently mentioned from within Colorado’s ranks is Albuquerque manager Glenallen Hill. He was one of five names we mentioned as a good fit for the opening in this article.
It’s expected that Colorado will not fill its open managerial position until after the World Series is concluded.