Red Sox managerial candidate profile: Tim Wallach
|10.12.12 at 4:04 pm ET|
With the Red Sox conducting first-round interviews to fill the managerial vacancy created by the firing of Bobby Valentine after the season, WEEI.com will offer a profile of each candidate who takes part of the process.
Candidate: Tim Wallach
Current position: Dodgers third-base coach
Interview date: Oct. 12
Prior managerial experience:
- 2009-10 Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers), 152-135
- 2001 High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Angels), 63-77
- 1998 High-A San Bernardino Stampede (Dodgers) — took over final 2½ months; team went 55-85
Additional coaching experience:
- 2011-12: Dodgers third-base coach
- 2004-05: Dodgers hitting coach
- 1997-98: High-A San Bernardino hitting coach
- 17 seasons (1980-96) — Expos (13 years), Dodgers (4 years), Angels (1 year)
- Five-time All-Star
- Three-time Gold Glove winner at third base
- Two-time top-10 NL MVP candidate
- 2,212 games: .257/.316/.416/.732, 260 HR, 1,125 RBI, 102 OPS+
- First round, 1979 draft
- Golden Spikes Winner and Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year at Cal-State Fullerton, 1979
- Named top managerial prospect by Baseball America in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, 2009
- Has three sons in professional baseball.
- Interviewed for the Brewers’ managerial vacancy after the 2010 season
- Was denied permission by the Dodgers, based on contract stipulations, to interview with the Red Sox in 2011 and the Blue Jays in 2010
- Wallach on the value of minor league managerial experience (to ESPNLosAngeles.com in 2010, during his second year in Albuquerque):’Honestly, looking back at it now, I don’t think I would’ve been prepared [to manage at the major league level] if I would’ve done it straight from being a hitting coach,” he said. “I’d always heard ‘You gotta be ahead of the game, you have to think ahead, a couple innings of where you’re at, a couple days ahead’ — but you don’t realize how fast it is until you actually do it.”Things happen fast. You don’t realize until you do it and you get caught, and I did get caught last year. Just not having a guy ready in time, managing a bullpen, stuff like that.”
- Former Red Sox infielder Nick Punto on Wallach: ‘He’s just an awesome baseball guy,’ Punto said. ‘He knows a lot about the game. He’s very personable. He’s a great personality. He relates to all the guys. He’s just a solid baseball man. I think he could do a good job in that role. And I know he wants to be a manager.’He could handle [managing in Boston]. … He has almost like a Tito [Terry Francona] type personality, where guys are going to get along with him. He could handle the media, for sure. He could handle that whole atmosphere, in my opinion.’
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