The Blue Jays are in the process of narrowing down their list of candidates for the managerial vacancy left in the wake of Cito Gaston's retirement. While the number of finalists is unclear, Sandy Alomar Jr. is among those being considered for the job.
Alomar Jr. was interviewed on Monday for a third time by the Blue Jays, MLB.com confirmed. Alomar Jr. has no managing experience, but is coming off his first season as the first-base coach for the Cleveland Indians.
Prior to joining the Tribe's Major League coaching staff, Alomar Jr. spent the previous two seasons as a catching instructor for the Mets. The former big league catcher spent parts of 20 seasons in the Major Leagues. His brother, Roberto Alomar, is currently working as a coach for the Blue Jays in the instructional league.
Alomar Jr. is one of many names being tied to Toronto's search for Gaston's replacement. The Blue Jays are reported to also be looking at Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and Yankees third-base coach Rob Thomson, as well as internal candidates such as Jays bench coach Nick Leyva and third-base coach Brian Butterfield.
Earlier this week, reports indicated that former manager Bobby Valentine was also interviewed by the Blue Jays. During an interview on SIRIUS XM radio on Friday, though, Valentine noted that he did not to have expect a follow-up conversation with Toronto.
"I really am flattered by the people who have had me in and have talked to me and even offered me a chance," Valentine said in the radio interview. "But I'm looking for that perfect situation and it hasn't presented itself yet."
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