Detroit Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski is in the best position possible. He needs to hire a new manager for his team and it is the most desirable skippers' job this off season. Literally everyone is coming out of the woodwork to say they are interested in this job. Since Dombrowski will never get to interview all of those interested lets take a look at some of the long shot candidates that could be hired to manage the Tigers:
- Ozzie Guillen- He is a very good Skipper, and won a World Series, and is well respected by many players on the Tigers roster. However, there is no way Mike Illitch bring a loose cannon like Guillen to Detroit. There is no way this Tigers team employs a guy who runs off at the mouth like Ozzie.
- Eric Wedge- He has big league experience and managed in this division with the Cleveland Indians. While he did win the 2007 AL Manager of the year award and took the Tribe to the ALCS it would seem his tenure there and in Seattle was something of a disappointment.
- Cal Ripken Jr.- He was a great player, his Dad was a big league skipper. There is no doubting his pedigree, but he has never even coached at this level much less been the head guy. There is little chance the Tigers turn their built to win now roster over to a guy with such a limited coaching resume.
- Tony La Russa- He is Jim Leyland's best friend, and he has won a title in both leagues. However he continues to tell everyone he would be more comfortable with a front office gig.
- Manny Acta- Another guy who has coached at many levels and managed a team in the AL Central. However, his last two stops (Washington and Cleveland) have had pretty disappointing results.
- Tony Pena- He was a pretty good manager but the mess he created in Kansas City will likely keep him from serious consideration for this job.
- Trey Hillman- He was recently fired as bench coach for the Dodgers, and he seems like an ok candidate but the Tigers have already interviewed Tim Wallach the LA third base coach so it would seem they are not considering Hillman.