Brewers eyeing Melvin, Cora for skipper's job

Brewers eyeing Melvin, Cora for skipper's job

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Thursday that he had interviewed eight managerial candidates and was poised to conduct second interviews with four of them in the coming days.

On Saturday, FOXSports.com identified two of the finalists as Mets scout Bob Melvin and White Sox bench coach Joey Cora. Another candidate, Pat Listach, told the Journal Sentinel that he had been informed he is not a finalist.

Doug Melvin has been keeping the process under wraps and has declined to name any of his candidates since dismissing manager Ken Macha on the Monday after the end of the season. Besides Bob Melvin, Cora and Listach, other candidates linked to the Brewers in the press include Angels coach Ron Roenicke, Dodgers coach Tim Wallach and former Indians manager Eric Wedge.

Wallach has said that he is no longer a candidate and is likely to serve as third-base coach for new Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Doug Melvin interviewed Wedge before he was hired by the Mariners.

"There are a lot of qualified people out there, guys with Major League experience and some without Major League experience," Melvin told the newspaper.

Melvin told the Journal Sentinel that the process would last another 7-10 days, but would not say whether he had requested permission from Major League Baseball to make an announcement before the end of the World Series. He was not considering any coaches involved with the four teams still alive in the postseason as of Thursday.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.