Manager decision looks close

Figuring out who will succeed Joe Maddon as the Rays manager has been a lengthy process for the organization that began early in the offseason. That decision now appears to be drawing near. Don Wakamatsu was interviewed Tuesday and I expect the team to interview the other two candidates, Raul Ibanez and Kevin Cash, today and tomorrow.  That adds up to a press conference announcing the new manager on Friday.  What do you think?

From the looks of these guys, I think all bring interesting qualities to the table and each appears to be a solid candidate to become the fifth manager in team history.  I’ve heard a lot of skepticism about the direction the Rays have been headed this offseason, but all the moves made by new Matt Silverman, the new team president of baseball operations, make sense to me.  I still think the most difficult decisions they will have to make — or have already made — is the evaluation of each player from last season’s team.  Which of those players that had below-par seasons will rebound and which of those players won’t?  After that determination (which I’ll assume has been made) the Rays can move forward with finalizing the 2015 group.

–Bill Chastain

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