The final edition of The Candidate Collection takes a look at these two candidates:
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The basics: Wallach was a 17 year major leaguer, playing from 1980-96 with the Expos and two other teams. He was a five time All Star, three time Gold Glover and two time Silver Slugger. He's the Expos/Nationals franchise record holder for games played, hits, doubles, strikeouts, HBP and GIDP.
As a coach, Wallach has spent four seasons managing in the minors (including the last two as manager of the Dodgers' AAA affiliate in Albuquerque) and two seasons as the Dodgers' hitting coach. If he doesn't get a managerial job this offseason, he's expected to be promoted to third base coach under new Dodger manager Don Mattingly next season.
Brewer connection: None
Scouting Report: This report comes from Eric Stephen of True Blue LA.
Wallach would be a good hire as manager, and a good argument could be made that the Dodgers should have hired him over Don Mattingly, given that Wallach has actual managerial experience, having managed the last two seasons at Triple A Albuquerque. As the season progressed, there were an increasing number of articles on Wallach's viability as LA's next manager in the local press, but what we didn't know at the time was that Mattingly and the Dodgers had a succession plan written into Mattingly's contract since last November. In other words, Wallach never had a shot at the Dodger job.
Wallach handled the news with class. He just sort of rolls with the punches, as he did with the Isotopes this past season. The Dodgers' Triple A team was hit by injuries in the pitching staff, coupled with promotions to the big leagues, and as a result used a whopping 42 pitchers in 2010, including 22 different starting pitchers. Wallach led the club, somehow, to an over .500 record, at 72-71.
The Dodgers still want Wallach around, and signed him to a new contract to be a coach on Mattingly's staff. Wallach will probably be the third base coach, but he still has an out should he find a managerial job this offseason. Wallach also served as the Dodgers' hitting coach in 2004-2005.
The basics: Bogar played nine major league seasons as a Met, Astro and Dodger from 1993-2001, primarily as a shortstop. Since retiring he's managed four seasons in the minor leagues and won three manager of the year awards: in the Appalachian (Rookie) league in 2004, the South Atlantic (A) league in 2005 and the Easter League (AA) in 2006.
In the majors, Bogar served as the Red Sox first base coach in 2009 and their third base coach in 2010.
Brewer connection: None.
Scouting report: This report comes from Ben Buchanan of Over The Monster:
As far as Tim Bogar is concerned, you're not going to hear many positives coming from the Boston area. The fact is, he's an awful, awful third base coach, and is blamed by the fanbase for a good few losses this past season, drawing comparisons to "wave 'em in" Wendell Kim.
But that's just to say that you shouldn't stick him at third. The Red Sox and Tito do have a decent track record of producing good managerial candidates, and they kept him around for a reason, possibly to be a bench coach with current coach DeMarlo hale up for a number of positions as well. He certainly has a pretty impressive record as a minor league coach, which is usually pretty hard to maintain given how much things change down there.
What you can say about Bogar is that he seems to have the right mindset. He's a man who believes in the process and isn't about to get thrown off by a bad result or two, which logically will help both by making sure the right guys are out there at the right time, and by making players feel more secure in their positions on the team. The only thing you have to worry about is if his calm, calculated decisions on the bench are as bad as the ones he has to come to in split seconds on the field.