Only three times in their 36-year history have the Toronto Blue Jays hired managers with previous major-league experience.
That may be about to change.
The Blue Jays are leaning toward hiring a manager who already has done the job, according to major-league sources.
Several of their reported candidates - notably, Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. - remain secondary considerations, at least for the moment.
While Alomar is viewed by many in baseball as the favorite for the job, the Blue Jays have yet to even ask the Indians for permission to speak with him, sources say.
Alomar and three other candidates - Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, Baltimore Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale and Boston Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield - lack major-league managing experience.
The Blue Jays still could end up picking a manager from that group, sources say, but only if they are unimpressed by the more seasoned options.
Those options would include J...