MLB News: Potential Tampa Bay Rays Candidates To Replace Joe Maddon
Possible New Coach For The Tampa Bay Rays
October 30, 2014
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With the sudden move of Joe Maddon leaving the Tampa Bay Rays and likely taking the Chicago Cubs head coaching job, we now have to look at some of the candidates who will coach the Rays in 2015. The Rays said they’d like to make a coaching hire within the next month, so let’s get to listing some of the top candidates.
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Dave Martinez - Nothing better when an unexpected move takes place is to go with familiarity. Things are starting to unravel for the Tampa Bay Rays and if they have any chance of competing, the last thing they want is to start over with a new face. Dave Martinez has been the Rays bench coach for the past seven seasons and was a popular name for head coaching vacancies around the league. The players are comfortable with Martinez and he’d help keep things somewhat the same so the players don’t have to adjust much. Martinez has to be the favorite right now.
Charlie Montoyo - Charlie Montoyo would be another local hire for the Tampa Bay Rays, as he’s spent eight seasons coaching the Durham Bulls, a Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Of course, making the step up from that level and being thrown in the lion's den of the big leagues is a completely different story. This hire would be a little risky if Tampa Bay isn’t planning on blowing up the team. However, if the Rays want somebody who is familiar with the talent, knows the farm system and has a general idea of what's going on with the franchise, Montoyo would be a nice sneaky hire. Again, familiarity is best when an unexpected move is made and this hire would certainly fit the bill for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ron Washington - Since the Rays are likely going to hire one of the two guys above, let’s throw in a wild card just for argument sake. In eight seasons with the Texas Rangers, Washington won .521 percent of his games, won two AL Pennants and finished in the Top 10 for AL Manager of the Year five times. Yes, Washington isn’t exactly coming off his best work and earlier in the year admitted that he stepped down in order to get some of his family issues in order. So, this hire wouldn’t exactly be the cleanest. However, Ron Washington is an established manager, has knowledge of the American League and is more than capable of being a good coach to help get the Rays back on track. Besides the off-the-field issues, there’s nothing wrong with this potential hire.