The search to find a new Detroit Tigers manager has narrowed its field a little more.
After several rounds of interviews, and weeks of rumors, some names can officially be crossed off the list of potential managerial candidates.
As reported by Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, those who are no longer in consideration for the job are: former Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta, former Toledo Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin, Bo Porter, Pedro Grifol, and Mark Kotsay.
Of these, Acta and Nevin are the most surprising, since they were both considered early favorites for the role.
There is no word yet on how the Tigers internal candidates, Omar Vizquel, Lloyd McClendon, and Dave Clark fared. We also have no official word on whether ousted Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell will be considered for the job.
Other names who have been, or will be interviewed include former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, San Francisco Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens, former Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez, Chicago White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing, and Colorado Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond. This list is by no means complete, as several other names have been rumored to be in the mix as well.
With Tigers general manager Al Avila hoping to announce Brad Ausmus’s replacement by the end of October, expect to see the pool shrink more in the coming days.