Tim Wallach, 56, played for the Montreal Expos when Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski was the general manager of that National League team. (Christian Petersen / Getty Images)
Detroit — Interview No. 2 for the Tigers manager job went to Tim Wallach, the Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach.
Late Friday, it surfaced the Tigers had expressed interest in Wallach. Even later Friday, several media outlets confirmed the 56-year-old Wallach already has interviewed for their vacant managing job.
“It would be a great opportunity with a very good team,” Wallach told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Wallach played for the Montreal Expos when Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski was the GM of that National League team. He interviewed for the Red Sox managing vacancy last October and was the runner-up for the job, according to Shelburne.
Wallach has no major-league managerial experience. Dombrowski said Monday at Jim Leyland’s retirement announcement that he’s “always been a strong advocate of having managerial experience, not always at the major-league level, but it’s important for the person to know how to deal with as many issues as they possibly can. However, there’s a new sort of trend in recent years to hire guys who’ve not managed, and I can’t say I would eliminate that — because it’s just important to get the best person possible.”
Wallach, as manager of the Triple A Albuquerque Isotopes in 2010, guided that team into the playoffs and was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.
As a player, Wallach was a five-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove Award winner as a third baseman with Montreal.
He began his coaching career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has neither coached nor managed in any other organization.
In fact, just this week, the Dodgers exercised their option on Wallach to bring him back as their third-base coach for 2014.