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Red Sox managerial candidate profile: Tim Wallach

10.12.12 at 4:04 pm ET
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Tim Wallach is interviewing with the Red Sox on Friday. (AP)

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

Age: 55

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

Playing career:

  • 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

Noteworthy:

  • 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

Quotes:

  • 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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