CLEVELAND (AP) — Sandy Alomar Jr. is interviewing with the Cleveland Indians for their manager’s job.
Alomar, who served as the Indians’ interim manager for the final six games this season after Manny Acta was fired, has been meeting with General Manager Chris Antonetti. Alomar, a six-time All-Star catcher with Cleveland, served as Acta’s bench coach this season. Other than his six-game stint as Acta’s temporary replacement, Alomar has not managed at any level.
On Friday, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona will interview with the Indians. Francona, who led Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, previously worked in Cleveland’s front office and said he would welcome the chance to work for the team again.
Francona and Alomar are the only known candidates for Cleveland’s opening.
Antonetti was impressed with the job Alomar did in his short stint replacing Acta, who was dismissed after Cleveland collapsed in the second half of the season.
The Indians went 3-3 under Alomar, a six-time All-Star catcher with Cleveland who served as Acta’s bench coach this season. Alomar has not managed at any level but previously interviewed with the Chicago Cubs, Boston and Toronto. Antonetti feels the 46-year-old Alomar has paid his dues and is prepared to lead a major league club.
Twins fire 5 coaches
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have fired five coaches and their head athletic trainer in the wake of a second straight last-place finish in the AL Central.
The Twins announced the moves on Thursday. Longtime bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, bench coach Scott Ullger, third base coach Steve Liddle, first base coach Jerry White, hitting coach Joe Vavra and head athletic trainer Rick McWane did not have their contracts renewed for 2013. The team says Ullger and Vavra will be reassigned within in the organization.
Earlier this week, coach Ron Gardenhire said he would prefer to have his staff back next season. Four of the five fired coaches have been with Gardenhire since 2002. Vavra joined the team in 2006.
Chambliss gets ax
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners will not retain hitting coach Chris Chambliss for 2013 after another season during which their offense was among the worst in baseball.
The Mariners made the announcement on Thursday. The rest of Seattle’s coaching staff will return next season.
Chambliss was Seattle’s hitting coach the past two seasons. The 63-year-old previously was the hitting coach for the New York Yankees and Mets, St. Louis and Cincinnati.
The Mariners finished last in baseball this season in batting average (.234), on-base percentage (.296), slugging percentage (.369) and on-base plus slugging (.665). They were also last in baseball in most major offensive categories in 2011 as well.
Royals’ Seitzer won’t return
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals have chosen not to renew the contract of hitting coach Kevin Seitzer after the team finished 72-90 for its ninth consecutive losing season.
General manager Ned Yost and general manager Dayton Moore announced the decision shortly after meeting with Seitzer on Thursday. Kansas City wrapped up its season with a 1-0 loss to the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
Seitzer worked with a team that put together a .265 average this season, seventh-best in baseball, but struggled to score. Kansas City finished 20th in runs scored.
Yost said the composition of the batting lineup lends itself to developing power, while Seitzer’s forte is hitting for average. Yost said he expects the next hitting coach to come from within the organization.