D-backs complete interview process for managerial opening

D-backs complete interview process for managerial opening

PHOENIX -- The D-backs appear to be finished interviewing candidates for their vacant managerial position, meaning that Dodgers' third-base coach Lorenzo Bundy and Royals' bench coach Don Wakamatsu will not be interviewed as originally planned.

The team has declined to comment on the process, other than to initially confirm the candidates they intended to interview.

Since the end of the season, the D-backs have been working rapidly at finding a replacement for Kirk Gibson. Team president/CEO Derrick Hall, chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, general manager Dave Stewart and senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson have met with nine confirmed candidates.

The nine who have interviewed include: Sandy Alomar Jr., Jay Bell, Tim Bogar, Andy Green, Chip Hale, Joe McEwing, Phil Nevin, Jim Tracy and Turner Ward.

There have been no indications that the team is planning on having any of the candidates in for a second round of interviews.

Both Bundy and Wakamatsu have been tied up with their teams in the playoffs and after interviewing nine candidates the D-backs appear to feel as if they have a good group from which to choose and do not want to delay the process.

A USA Today report said that the team was choosing between four "finalists" in Alomar, Hale, Tracy and Nevin, but a team official said that no finalists have been identified or named.

It's possible a decision could come as soon as Monday, but it's not necessarily expected, as teams traditionally don't make major announcements during the postseason -- especially on game days -- unless given permission.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.