According to various media reports talks between the Tigers and current Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach for Detroit’s vacant managerial position seem to be ‘escalating’.
News of the Tigers and Wallach first came via Grantland but has since been picked up by local media outlets such as the Detroit News and Oakland Press.
Now for something completely different — an actual source-based rumor. Hearing talks escalating for Tim Wallach re: Tigers manager job.
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) October 26, 2013
Wallach, a former third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos and California Angels has consistently been with the Dodgers organization since 2009 when he was the manager of the team’s Triple-A team. He was also the Dodgers’ hitting coach in 2004 under Jim Tracy and 2005 under Grady Little. However since 2010 he remained LA’s third base coach while getting an interview with the Boston Red Sox last season when the team fired Bobby Valentine.
But there’s also a Dombrowski connection.
During Wallach’s time as a player with the Expos between 1980 and 1992 Dombrowksi was the team’s GM from 1988 to 1991.
In his limited time as the Triple-A manager for the Dodgers, Wallach led the Isotopes into the playoffs with a franchise record 80 wins while being named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.