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    Jays Reaching Out to Bobby Cox about Managerial Job?

    So, about that job opening in Toronto …

    One managerial vacancy remains in the major leagues, and it just so happens to be in the dugout of the franchise that pulled off one of the biggest blockbusters in baseball history. Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck are about to join the Blue Jays, and Canadian baseball fans can speak credibly about October aspirations once again.

    Reyes and Buehrle led the procession of free agents to Miami last winter, as owner Jeffrey Loria (fleetingly) fulfilled his dream of putting a star-studded team in Little Havana. One last-place finish — and one managerial firing — later, they have traded South Beach for Southern Ontario.

    Toronto is one of the world’s best cities — welcoming, cultured, diverse, and, yes, starved for winning sports teams. But it hasn’t been viewed as a destination city for baseball in roughly two decades, since the Blue Jays’ most recent postseason appearance in 1993. Now the Blue Jays have turned into a veteran team overnight. Reyes and Buehrle — who hail from the Dominican Republic and Missouri, respectively — may need to be convinced that Toronto is a place where they can win and be merry.

    Perhaps Bobby Cox is up to the task.

    The 71-year-old is probably a longshot to be the Blue Jays’ next manager. But the notion starts to make sense the more one thinks about it — as, I am told, at least one person in the organizational hierarchy has done.

    Cox managed the Blue Jays for four seasons in the 1980s, including the franchise’s first postseason berth in 1985. Cito Gaston was Cox’s hitting coach. Paul Beeston was a high-ranking club executive at the time. Cox, Gaston and Beeston have been friends for more than three decades. Beeston is now the Blue Jays president and CEO. Gaston, who managed the team for 12 seasons before retiring in 2010, is a consultant.

    After it became apparent that John Farrell would depart as the Blue Jays’ manager last month, a member of the team management — and we have two strong possibilities — reached out to Cox in an effort to gauge his interest in the job, a major league source told FOXSports.com.

    His response, the source said, was no.

    But this was before Tuesday.

    Could one trade change the mind of a Hall of Fame-bound manager? Beeston or Gaston would do well to phone their friend once more, since it doesn’t appear the Jays are deep in negotiations with any other candidates. After all, grey hair is in vogue around baseball. Davey Johnson — at 69, the oldest manager in the majors — was named National League Manager of the Year, just as news of the Jays-Marlins trade broke Tuesday evening. The American League’s oldest skipper — 68-year-old Jim Leyland — just took his team to the World Series.

    Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has indicated that he’s looking for someone with prior managerial experience. Cox, with the most victories of any living manager not named Tony La Russa, certainly has that. As the preeminent players’ manager of all-time, he would be the ideal fit for an evolving Blue Jays clubhouse that turned toxic near the end of this season.

    The question is whether Cox wants the grind again.

    Cox’s farewell after 29 seasons as a manager (at least, we think that’s what it was) came in the 2010 playoffs, when his Atlanta Braves lost an agonizing first-round series to the eventual champion San Francisco Giants. Then he began a five-year consulting agreement with the Braves, under which he advises the baseball operations department and occasionally works with club president John Schuerholz on business projects.

    Fredi Gonzalez, a Cox protégé, is managing the Braves now. They returned to the postseason this year. The organization, by all accounts, is in excellent hands. So would a rested Cox be willing to leave his legacy in Atlanta, if only for a spell, while he chased one last title?

    Well, consider what Cox told the Selma (Calif.) Enterprise during a June visit to his hometown.

    “It’s more nerve-wracking watching on TV than it was in the dugout,” Cox said, according to the newspaper. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it.”

    Enough to manage the Toronto Blue Jays one more time?

    The first answer was no. It might be time to ask again.
    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/b...irement-111312

    It is important to note that Cox said no before the Jays made this huge trade. Perhaps something has now changed on his front. Is he a good fit for the Jays?

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    this is what I saw on rotoworld.


    Bobby Cox told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he's not interested in the Blue Jays' managerial vacancy.
    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reported Wednesday morning that the Blue Jays contacted Cox last month to gauge his interest, but the 71-year-old is quite comfortable with retirement. "I’m retired," said Cox. "I really don’t know what else to say." Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos reportedly wants a manager with a track record, so it was worth a shot to place a call to Cox, but he'll have to find a fit elsewhere. However, given the talent added to the roster, it shouldn't be a tough pitch.
    what about bringing back Cito Gaston?
    I'm sure there are managers with experience, but how good are they really if they are unemployed right now?

    how about another Bobby, Valentine. lol
    ^ I kid.

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    Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman
    Bobby Cox says he plans to stay retired http://wp.me/p1rXym-8Uev
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    From the Article above
    “I’m retired,” Cox said on Wednesday morning. “I really don’t know what else to say.”
    “There is not another guy in the world I’d like to work for more than Beeston,” Cox said. “But that is not going to bring me out of retirement. I’m retired and I’m happy here in Atlanta.”

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    That really addresses nothing to be honest. If the Jays turn around and give him a huge offer and input in bringing in guys he likes, it may make the pot sweet enough. I am not saying it is likely by any means but it is still possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mile High Champ View Post
    That really addresses nothing to be honest. If the Jays turn around and give him a huge offer and input in bringing in guys he likes, it may make the pot sweet enough. I am not saying it is likely by any means but it is still possible.
    Would you really want to give the job to somebody that wants to stay retired?

    Sure, he'd hop on board if you give him $10M, but his heart wouldn't be in the game.

    I'm sure there are better options than a 71 year old retired person.

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    ^^ then how about a 68 year old retired person !!! Cito Gaston


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    I'm sure Toronto can come up with better options for manager than a 71 year old. Think they should go after Sandy Alomar or Dave Martinez, myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by todu82 View Post
    I'm sure Toronto can come up with better options for manager than a 71 year old. Think they should go after Sandy Alomar or Dave Martinez, myself.
    Alomar has agreed to return as Cleveland Indians bench coach, a job he held early in the 2012 season before taking over from the fired Manny Acta as interim skipper for the final six games of the season.
    cbc

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    HA! Bobby Valentine, maybe.
    Perfection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TragicallyHip View Post
    HA! Bobby Valentine, maybe.
    My reaction to this post

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    i think they should have co-managers with ozzie and bobby v

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    Quote Originally Posted by dballss View Post
    i think they should have co-managers with ozzie and bobby v
    You think Manny Ramirez is looking for a job?

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    I see it as AA asking cox for advice in picking a manager

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    I wanna see that Zev Icyk become manager. Such a badass

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    lol

    http://larrybrownsports.com/baseball...ue-jays/162064
    The Boston Red Sox finally managed to pry John Farrell away from the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason, which means the boys from the north are in need of a new manager. A 25-year-old rabbi named Zev Icyk believes he is the man for the job.

    In a recent email to the Toronto Sun, the lifelong Blue Jays fan made his pitch to the team’s front office. And he wasn’t joking.

    “I have drive, motivation, experience and personality to take the Jays where Alex Anthopoulos wants them to go,” Icyk wrote. “The Jays would be the most aggressive and exciting team in the bigs. I am the only rabbi in the world with the ability to manage in the majors.”

    After receiving the email, the Sun’s Bob Elliott called the phone number provided and Icyk, who is currently studying at Rabbinical College of America in New Jersey, gladly elaborated on the reasons why he believes he is the perfect candidate to manage a team of professional ballplayers — many of whom are significantly older than him.

    “I just got married,” he said. “My wife Sara asked, ‘Why devote your life to baseball since you were three years old and not apply?’ If I can get an interview with Mr. Alex Anthopoulos, I’ll be on a plane to Toronto the next day.

    “The Jays need life, they had no bunting, no stealing this year. The Jays were sleeping on the field, like pieces of wood. When there is a person fit for the job it doesn’t matter whether he’s 40, 50 60, or 25 like me. I know how to motivate. I like to think everyone would respect me.”

    Then came the most true statement of all.

    “One thing is for sure, if a Chabad rabbi is the manager, the Jays will be the most hyped team in 2013,” Icyk said. “The hype paired with the young talent-filled roster that the Jays already have could be something very special. What do they have to lose?”

    How can you not like this guy? Get it done, Anthopoulos. Either that, or spend the rest of your life wondering what could have been.
    What a horrible last sentence.

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