Monday, October 8, 2007
The Royals have begun scanning the coaching staffs of each team looking for a legitimate manager for the future. The list includes Jim Fregosi, Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, Ken Macha, Terry Pendleton, Frank White, Phil Garner, Bob Brenly, and possibly Tony La Russa. These are all great choices for the Royals right now but it probably won't go to someone who is waiting for a manager position to open up, like Joe Girardi or Dusty Baker. My guess would be Terry Pendleton, a coach with the Atlanta Braves, who has been looking to manage for a long time. He understands Cox's style of play, plus his own tactics, which would do best for the young Royals. They do have some pop, and could use a fresh face to managing looking for a change. For a possible bench coach, Phil Garner or Bob Brenly could assume the role because both have managed in the playoffs and worked with young guys. This probably won't make the news like the Phillies, Cardinals, or Yankees, but it could make a big difference in the long run.