Updated: Friday, September 29, 2017, 6:02 PM
The Phillies will enter an offseason for the first time since 2004 without a manager. The search for the 54th manager in the franchise’s history will begin “immediately,” general manager Matt Klentak said. There will be both internal and external candidates. Here are a few possible ones to know, in alphabetical order:
Brad Ausmus CARLOS OSORIO / AP Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.
Things quickly soured in Detroit, where Ausmus was fired last week as manager. He is 48, an alumnus of Dartmouth College like Klentak, and regarded as a forward-thinking baseball man. But there were questions at the end of his Tigers tenure about a disconnect between Ausmus and his players.
He is in his first season as Houston’s bench coach and his name has surfaced for various managerial jobs in recent offseasons. The 41-year-old former infielder has never been a manager, but is hailed for his progressive approach.
Joe McEwing CARLOS OSORIO / AP White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing.
The 44-year-old Bristol native has interviewed for managerial jobs before. He enjoyed a lengthy career as a bench player in the majors, known as an energetic and supportive teammate. He has spent the last six seasons on the Chicago White Sox staff and moved from third-base coach to bench coach in 2017.
Buck Showalter PATRICK SEMANSKY / AP Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
He is under contract through 2018, but Showalter is said to be engaged in a power struggle with his boss, general manager Dan Duquette, as the Orioles plot their future course. Showalter has long-standing relationships with many in the current Phillies’ front office. If he — somehow — is fired, Showalter would vault to the top of the Phillies’ list.
Jorge Velandia DAVID MAIALETTI / File Photograph Phillies GM Matt Klentak, left, talks with spring instructor Jorge Velandia, right, at spring training.
The former infielder has gained a trusted role within the Phillies’ front office because of his diverse background as a player and talent evaluator. Velandia, 42, has served as a coach and executive with a strong influence in the development of some of the team’s Latin American prospects.
Dusty Wathan STEVEN M. FALK / File Photograph IronPigs manager Dusty Wathan.
Few, if any coaches, know the young Phillies roster as well as Wathan does. He managed many of the prospects at double-A Reading and then this season at triple-A Lehigh Valley. Wathan, 44, has big-league managerial aspirations. He is sure to receive an interview.
— Matt Gelb
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