Former Angels Manager Phil Nevin Among Finalists for Padres Managerial Position
The San Diego Padres are reportedly considering former Angels manager Phil Nevin as one of the finalists for their managerial position. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Nevin is being considered for the role after his departure from the Angels.
Nevin, 52, joined the Angels as the third base coach in 2022 but took over as the interim manager in June of that year following the firing of Joe Maddon. He continued in the interim role for the rest of the season and was retained for the 2023 season. However, the Padres and Nevin decided to part ways at the end of the regular season.
With former Padres manager Bob Melvin leaving to manage the division rival Giants, Nevin quickly became a candidate for the managerial vacancy in San Diego. Reports last week indicated that Nevin had interviewed for the position, and Morosi’s report now places him as a potential finalist.
While Nevin is a strong contender, he is not the only finalist for the Padres’ managerial position. Bench coach Ryan Flaherty and senior advisor Mike Shildt, who both interviewed for the role after Melvin’s departure, are also seen as likely favorites for the position. Shildt, in particular, has been frequently linked to the role due to his experience as the Cardinals’ manager for four seasons.
Giants Appoint Garvin Alston as New Bullpen Coach
The San Francisco Giants have reportedly chosen Garvin Alston as their new bullpen coach. Alston, 51, was drafted by the Rockies in 1992 and spent eight seasons pitching in the minors. He briefly played for the Rockies in 1996 before retiring from his playing career.
Since then, Alston has held various coaching roles in Oakland’s organization, including bullpen coach. He also served as the pitching coach for the Twins in the 2018 season. Alston will replace Craig Albernaz, who recently joined the Guardians as their bullpen coach.
Torii Hunter Declines Coaching Role with Angels
Despite suggestions that Torii Hunter would join the coaching staff of the Los Angeles Angels under newly-hired manager Ron Washington, the 19-year big league veteran has declined the offer. Hunter confirmed that he interviewed for the managerial position before Washington’s hiring and was later approached about a coaching role, but he decided not to pursue it.
However, Hunter expressed his admiration for the Angels and the challenge of managing the team during what is expected to be a difficult 2024 season, especially if they are unable to retain Shohei Ohtani.
Former Astros Manager Bo Porter a Candidate for Angels Coaching Staff
Former Astros manager Bo Porter is reportedly being considered for a coaching role with the Los Angeles Angels. Porter has a wealth of experience as a player and coach in the major leagues, including stints with the Cubs, A’s, Rangers, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Nationals, and Braves.
Although Porter’s specific role on the coaching staff is unclear, he has connections to manager Ron Washington from their time together in Oakland and Atlanta. Porter’s tenure as the Astros’ manager saw struggles for the team, but his experience and knowledge could be valuable to the Angels.
A’s Announce Coaching Staff for 2024 Season
The Oakland A’s have revealed their coaching staff for the upcoming 2024 season. Two new faces will join the staff: Bobby Crosby and Dan Hubbs.
Crosby, who won the AL Rookie of the Year award with the A’s in 2004, has recently served as a manager in the minor leagues. He will replace Mike Aldrete as the first base coach, as Aldrete transitions to a hitting coach role.
Hubbs, previously the director of pitching development for the Tigers, will take on the role of bullpen coach, replacing Mike McCarthy.