(AP Photo. In this October 8th photo, Bobby Valentine waves goodbye to fans of the Chiba Lotte Marines, following his final game as team manager in Japan.)
Cross one name off Nats' wish list?
So is Manny Acta. The Cleveland Plain Dealer says Manny will go for his second interview today. Bobby V. later this week.
Meanwhile, Mike Rizzo, unfazed, is apparently just sitting around waiting for the Dodgers-Phillies series to be over so he can hire Don Mattingly. Mattingly has also had an interview for the open Tribe job. And according to the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have finished a first round of interviews with managerial candidates, including a couple of names on Rizzo's rumored shortlist, including Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills. Of course, Manny Acta is in the mix in Houston, too.
By all accounts - or non-accounts - the Nationals haven't interviewed a single candidate for the open manager job. Rizzo's been too busy remodeling his front office. But with the Astros and Indians apparently moving quickly with the process, where's the sense of urgency, Mike?