Candidates for Blue Jays, Marlins jobs have Orioles connections

Candidates for Blue Jays, Marlins jobs have Orioles connections
October 24, 2012, 9:00 pm
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After the Miami Marlins’ sacking of Ozzie Guillen on Monday, there are three managerial jobs open in the major leagues. Besides Miami, Toronto, which allowed John Farrell to move to Boston, and Colorado are without managers.

Candidates with Orioles connections have surfaced for both the Miami and Toronto jobs.

The Blue Jays may interview Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale, who interviewed for both the Boston job last week and the Toronto job two years ago. It’s possible Hale could interview with the Marlins as well.

Two intriguing names have surfaced this week as candidates in Toronto and Miami, and both have Orioles backgrounds.

Pat Hentgen, the classy right-hander who pitched three seasons in Baltimore, spent 2011 as the Blue Jays’ bullpen coach. Hentgen, who’s currently a special assistant in Toronto’s organization, pitched 10 seasons there and is fifth on their all-time win list.

Jeff Conine, who played six seasons with the Orioles, is a possible candidate in Miami. Conine has spent four years as a special assistant to the president in Miami. He provides pre and post-game analysis on telecasts.

Conine has a deadpan sense of humor and isn’t afraid to criticize players. He knocked underachieving shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was later traded, saying he didn’t try hard enough. Ramirez said that Conine was “chicken.”

Neither Hentgen nor Conine are the leading candidates for the jobs. Conine was quoted recently as saying he wasn’t ready to manage.

Reportedly, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Cleveland’s bench coach, and Mike Redmond, a former Marlins catcher, who’s now a minor league manager in the Toronto organization, are the early favorites for those jobs.

No one with an Oriole background has been linked with Colorado’s job.

While teams can interview candidates during the World Series, official hiring must wait until its end. If the Series goes the full seven games, it would end on Nov. 1.