Dodger’s third base coach Tim Wallach is doing a little moonlighting. According to sources, Wallach is considered a candidate for the Detroit Tiger’s vacant managerial position. Apparently Wallach interviewed with the Tigers on Friday night, before returning to his California home afterwards.
Longtime Tiger’s manager Jim Leyland announced his retirement following the 2013 season. Wallach has some ties to Detroit owner Dave Dombrowski. Wallach was a third baseman for the Montreal Expos for many years throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s. During that time Dombrowski was the GM of the Expos.
Wallach originally was the Dodger’s hitting coach under manager Jim Tracy from 2004-2005. He was the manager in Albuquerque, managing the Isotopes for two years, picking up a PCL manager of the year award in 2009. Three years ago he joined Don Mattingly’s staff as the third base coach. Since then he has excelled at acting like a helicopter during Dodger games, waiving home all base-runners no matter the play, or even if they’re going to be thrown out by ten or more feet.
The only other candidate interviewed that we know of, was Tiger’s hitting coach Lloyd McClendon. No other coach from the Tiger’s staff has been interviewed. Wallach said the interview went well, but there is nothing further scheduled between the Tigers and Wallach until further notified.