Terry Pendleton interviews with Devil Rays

BravesCenter.com has learned that Braves' hitting coach Terry Pendleton interviewed Monday with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Is this the beginning of a major staff shakeup for the Braves' coaching staff?

BravesCenter.com has learned that the Tampa Bay Devil Rays interviewed Braves' hitting coach Terry Pendleton Monday for their vacant manager's job.

Pendleton is scheduled to interview with the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday. He interviewed with the Philadelphia Phillies for their manager's opening last winter.

Atlanta's former third baseman could be the first of several Braves' coaches to leave the team this fall. The Yankees have asked and received permission to speak with pitching coach Leo Mazzone. Plus, the Baltimore Orioles, now managed by Mazzone's best friend Sam Perlozzo, are also expected to speak with Mazzone.

Third base coach Fredi Gonzalez is still a candidate for the manager's job with the Florida Marlins. He interviewed with the Marlins several weeks ago.

Plus, there have been rumors that both bench coach Pat Corrales, hobbled by knee troubles for much of last season, and bullpen coach Bobby Dews might retire.

This makes it possible that the Braves could have as many as five openings on their coaching staff. If the Devils Rays select Yankees' bench coach Joe Girardi, interviewed for the second time on Sunday, as their manager, that could make Gonzalez the front-runner with Florida. Girardi is also considered a leading candidate for the Marlins.

Then if Mazzone goes to the Yankees or Orioles and if Pendleton goes to the Dodgers or Devil Rays, we could see a significant change in the coaching staff.

Rumors continue to persist that Mazzone is all but gone from the Braves. Expect former Royals' pitching coach Guy Hansen and Bruce Dal Canton, whom Mazzone replaced as the Braves' pitching coach in 1990, to be the leading candidates to take over if Mazzone leaves.

Several names to keep in mind if there are other openings: Mississippi manager Brian Snitker, former Braves' outfielder Dale Murphy, former Braves' third base coach and former manager of the Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Astros, Jimy Williams, and former Braves' hitting coach Don Baylor. Glenn Hubbard, the team's current first base coach, might move over to third base if Gonzalez should leave.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team. Bill can be reached at thebravesshow@email.com.

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