Arizona Diamondbacks: Phil Nevin is a Hot Managerial Candidate
There are four Major League baseball teams that are currently searching for new managers. Phil Nevin, the Triple A manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is rumored to be a candidate for three of them. The Miami Marlins, the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals have asked the D-backs for permission to interview him.
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It wouldn’t be the first time that Nevin has scored a an interview for a manager’s post. The Houston Astros interviewed him for their position last year before it went to former Arizona skipper A.J. Hinch. Nevin just completed his second season in Reno, guiding the Aces to a 70-74 after the leading the club to the 2014 Pacific Coast League Finals. Arizona general manager Dave Stewart gave a strong endorsement to the Marlins about Nevin according to Nightengale. Also speaking highly about him is D-back’ chief baseball officer Tony LaRussa who called him “major-league ready” per Steve Gilbert at mlb.com.
If Nevin were to land in Washington, he would be succeeding former D-backs’ third base coach Matt Williams who was fired after two season with the Nationals. San Diego would be a logical place for him and would be a popular choice among Padres’ fans. Nevin enjoyed the best years of his playing career there with three seasons of 1oo or more RBI’s and a monster 2001 season of 41 homers, 126 runs driven in and an OPS of .976. In addition to leading the Aces, the former number one overall draft pick managed in the organization of the Detroit Tigers.