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According to MLB trade rumors, it seems like the Toronto Blue Jays are close to naming their next manager. Reports are, it will be former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta. The Jays have gotten most of the talk of this young offseason, as they pulled off the blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins and added OF Melky Cabrera as a free agent. Though this team is not guaranteed anything coming into the season, they obviously have every opportunity to be much better given the increase in talent the team has added. In my opinion, the best man for this job is Jim Riggleman.
Riggleman was Acta’s bench coach during their time in Washington, and managed the Nationals when the team started to improve. Riggleman’s black eye resignates from his resignation during the middle of the season after leading the Nationals to a winning record. Riggleman felt he was not considered the long-term solution in Washington and wanted an extension to get the sense of some job security. ...
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The Toronto Blue Jays have been bolstering their roster this winter. Thus far the Blue Jays have signed Melky Cabrera to a two year contract and are awaiting the approval of a trade with the Miami Marlins. That trade would gain them Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle among others.
Yet, the Blue Jays do not have a manger yet.
That may change soon. Reports say that the Blue...
The Toronto Blue Jays have narrowed their managerial search down to Jim Tracy and Jim Riggleman, ESPN.com reported Saturday. The job opened up when John Farrell left to be the Boston Red Sox's new manager a month ago. Tracy resigned as Colorado Rockies' manager in October after the club finished 64-98. Riggleman has been managing the Cincinnati Reds' Class AA affiliate...
Ben and Sam discuss whether Manny Acta`s lousy career win-loss record has any bearing on his likelihood of success if he becomes the Blue Jays` manager.