Roberto Alomar hopes Sandy gets Blue Jays job
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
|Roberto Alomar, the former Blue Jays second baseman and Hall of Fame inductee, hopes his brother Sandy is chosen to manage the team. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters file photo)
SAN FRANCISCO - One member of the Blue Jays front office has cast his vote in the managerial search.
"I hope it's my brother," Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar said Wednesday. His brother Sandy Alomar, a coach with the Cleveland Indians, was one of the finalists for the Jays job two years ago along with DeMarlo Hale, now a third-base coach with the Baltimore Orioles.
It was not an unexpected choice.
Like Maurice (Rocket) Richard predicting who would score for the Montreal Canadiens as an NHL playoff game headed into overtime: "I pick my brother Henri."
Robbie Alomar works for president Paul Beeston with the title of special assistant to the organization, which includes working with young players at instructional league and extended spring training, making public appearances and sharing wisdom on the managerial situation caused by John Farrell's departure with a year left on a contract.
"We need someone who wants to put his heart and soul into his team," Robbie Alomar said. "Someone who wants to be here."
Now, that's a good concept, whoever the new manager is.
In other moves ...
• Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo will join Farrell in Boston. Lovullo was not on the pension plan with the Jays (not every coach is on the Player's Association pension plan).
• Mike Redmond, who managed class-A Dunedin last season, was interviewed for the vacant Miami Marlins managerial position. On Tuesday, Miami fired Ozzie Guillen with three years left on his contract.
Redmond, 41, is in his second year of managing after being at class-A Lansing in 2011. Redmond, who was a catcher with the Marlins from 1998 to 2004, would be a cheap and popular hire.
The Jays would grant the Marlins permission -- but they would not allow him to take any of their pitching prospects with him. Redmond managed Drew Hutchison, Casey Lawrence, Justin Nicolino and Noah Syndergaard at Lansing.