Los Angeles Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach interviewed for the Detroit Tigers’ managerial opening.
Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Saturday that Wallach and Lloyd McClendon have both interviewed for the job. McClendon is Detroit’s hitting coach.
The Tigers have won three consecutive American League Central titles, but they need a new manager after Jim Leyland stepped down following eight seasons at the helm.
Wallach managed the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque in 2009 and 2010.
McClendon has been a member of Detroit’s staff ever since Leyland took over, and he also has managerial experience in the majors. He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05.
Strasburg has surgery
Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg had bone chips removed from his surgically repaired right elbow.
The team said Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche also had operations this week. Harper had the bursa in his left knee repaired after it had hampered him last season. LaRoche had his left, throwing elbow cleaned up.
Strasburg, who had Tommy John surgery on his elbow three years ago, missed most of the 2011 season recovering from it. He had his innings limited in 2012 by the Nationals. His surgery was done in Los Angeles, and Strasburg is expected to be ready in time for spring training. LaRoche and Harper are also expected to be ready by spring.
Beltran captures award
Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals is this year’s recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.
Beltran was seated next to Roberto Clemente’s widow, Vera, when he was honored Saturday, about an hour prior to Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Members of Clemente’s family also attended the news conference.
“I must say this year’s recipient truly exemplifies Roberto’s philosophy,” Vera Clemente said. “Carlos Beltran, you are the pride of all Puerto Ricans.”
Beltran has contributed more than $4 million to his Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico and has hosted fundraising efforts throughout the year.