First-base coach Alomar Jr. a candidate for D-backs manager

Former All-Star catcher joined Indians organization prior to 2010 season

First-base coach Alomar Jr. a candidate for D-backs manager

CLEVELAND -- Sandy Alomar Jr. has been viewed as an up-and-coming manager for several seasons now. On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the Indians first-base coach is among six candidates currently being targeted by the D-backs in their managerial search.

The details of when Alomar will interview with Arizona are still being worked out, and the D-backs' search will likely widen beyond the initial six possibilities. The D-backs also confirmed that Jay Bell, Andy Green, Phil Nevin, Jim Tracy and Turner Ward will be or have been interviewed for the managerial vacancy.

In a season-end meeting with reporters on Monday, Indians manager Terry Francona noted that Cleveland plans on retaining its entire coaching staff for the 2015 season. Francona did hint, however, that some of his coaches might be up for jobs with other teams.

"To be respectful to the coaches," Francona said, "it wouldn't surprise us if some of our guys get interviewed in different areas. There are no plans to change our staff. I think being respectful to the process, let's let it play itself out, and if we need to think about some things, we would."

Alomar declined to comment on the situation with the D-backs.

The 48-year-old Alomar is no stranger to the interviewing process. Alomar was a finalist for the managerial opening with the Blue Jays after the 2010 season, and he also interviewed for the manager position with the Cubs and Red Sox following the '11 campaign.

Alomar joined the Indians' coaching staff prior to the 2010 season, serving as the first-base coach for his first two years on Cleveland's staff. He shifted to the role of bench coach under former Tribe manager Manny Acta in '12 and remained in that role during Francona's first season in '13. When Cleveland dismissed Acta in September of '12, Alomar served as the interim manager for six games.

This past season, Alomar returned to his former role as the first-base coach, allowing Francona's long-time coaching partner and friend, Brad Mills, to move take over as the bench coach. During his tenure on the Tribe's staff, Alomar has also served as Cleveland's big league catching instructor.

In parts of 20 seasons as a player, Alomar had stints with the Padres, Indians, White Sox, Rockies, Rangers, Dodgers and Mets. During his 11-year stay with Cleveland, the former catcher made six All-Star teams and was named the American League's Rookie of the Year and a Gold Glove Award winner in 1990. After retiring in 2007, he worked as a Major League catching instructor for the Mets for two years.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.