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Anthony Castrovince

D-backs off the table, Alomar Jr. may still get a shot

Indians coach also a candidate for Twins' managerial opening

D-backs off the table, Alomar Jr. may still get a shot

The industry expectation is that, one of these days, Sandy Alomar Jr. will get his shot at a full-time managerial gig. But that chance won't be with the Arizona D-backs in 2015.

Arizona has picked former A's bench coach Chip Hale to replace Kirk Gibson, who was dismissed shortly before the end of the '14 season. Alomar had been one of the nine candidates named for the job, and he interviewed with the club last week.

FoxSports.com reported last week that Alomar is among the candidates being considered the Minnesota Twins' vacancy. The Twins dismissed longtime skipper Ron Gardenhire at season's end. Torey Lovullo, who spent nine seasons as a manager in the Indians' farm system from 2002-10, is also a candidate for that job.

Alomar is no stranger to the managerial interview process, having been considered for the Blue Jays' opening after 2010 and the Cubs and Red Sox jobs after '11. The Indians installed him as their interim skipper when they removed Manny Acta from the job in September 2012, and the young players on that club raved about working for him. But Cleveland could not pass on an opportunity to hire Terry Francona that October, and Alomar has stayed on board as a member of Francona's coaching staff, first as a bench coach in 2013, then as a first-base coach this past season.

The 48-year-old Alomar has one year remaining on his contract with the Indians. He was a six-time All-Star catcher for the Tribe in his playing career, and his coaching career began with his stint as a catching instructor for the Mets.

Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash, who joined Francona's staff in 2013, is among the candidates for the Rangers' job, with interim Texas skipper Tim Bogar -- another former Minor League manager for the Tribe -- considered the front-runner.

Francona has said he hopes to keep his entire coaching staff together for '15, but he won't stand in the way of any of his coaches getting a Major League managerial opportunity.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.