Manager List Nearly Full as Phils Add Pendleton

Ed Wade figures to interview seven candidates for the Phillies vacant manager's job. With the first three interviews – Don Baylor, Charlie Manuel and Grady Little – having been done this week, the Phillies have room for other candidates. Three of the remaining candidates have been announced, leaving speculation about who might fill out the list of potentials.

Don Baylor was praised for his professionalism and the homework that he did to learn the pieces of the puzzle that make up the Phillies. Charlie Manuel was noted for having the perfect mix of personality and knowledge of the game and organization that might be a perfect fit for the team. Grady Little interviewed yesterday, trying to shake the stigma of one bad move in a key spot while managing the Red Sox. Now, the Phillies will take a breather in their quest for a manager to convene in Clearwater and talk strategy on how best to move forward from the top to the bottom of the organization. After a week in the sun, the focus will again be on the new manager.

The next round of interviews begins on Monday October 25. Buddy Bell, father of Phillies' third baseman David Bell, will be in town to interview for the job. Bell holds a 345-462 record in a little over five seasons as a major league manager. The Phillies have said that experience as a manager is important, but not the deciding factor in hiring a new manager. One day after Bell, Jim Fregosi will return to Philadelphia to interview for his old job. Fregosi managed the Phillies from 1991-1996 and took them to the World Series in 1993. He has been working as an assistant to Braves GM John Scheurholtz, but is interested in getting back into managing.

The Phillies threw another name into the mix on Thursday and this one was a bit of a surprise. Another Atlanta employee, hitting coach Terry Pendleton, will get a shot at interviewing for the job on October 28. Pendleton doesn't have the managerial experience that the Phillies have mentioned, but he is well respected and general manager Ed Wade said that several people around baseball suggested Pendleton. Braves players have praised Pendleton over the years for his ability to work with them and he is seen as a player's kind of coach. Of course, the fact that he has been around a winning organization can't hurt. "If there's somebody out there who doesn't have the length from the experience standpoint, but brings different qualities and has a chance to be a guy to hit the ground running, Terry has the ability to be that type of person," Ed Wade told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

With six candidates and Ed Wade's stated goal of interviewing seven men for the job, there is seemingly only one interview spot left open. Of course, the numbers could change between now and the time the first round of interviews end.

Jim Leyland pretty much took himself out of the running, telling the St.Louis Post-Dispatch that he doubted he would be interested in the Phillies job. Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog also told the Post-Dispatch that he hadn't been contacted, but might listen if the Phillies were to call. It's somewhat surprising that neither bench coach Gary Varsho or AAA manager Marc Bombard haven't received interviews for the position. It was assumed that at least one of them would be talked to about the job. Former Phillies John Russell and Juan Samuel are possible candidates for the job. Former Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, who managed the Jays to a World Series win over Fregosi's Phillies in '93 has been mentioned as has Yankees coach Willie Randolph.

Meanwhile, Larry Andersen, who has been working as a broadcaster for the Phillies, has not taken himself out of the running to become the next pitching coach. It had been reported that Andersen wasn't interested in the job, but he confirmed that he had not told the Phillies to take him out of consideration.

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