Beasley makes pitch for managerial opening

September 29th, 2018
Texas Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley (27) looks on during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)Sam Hodde/AP

SEATTLE -- Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley has been a successful Minor League manager and knows the ballclub well after spending four seasons on the coaching staff.

He is hoping to get consideration when the Rangers begin the process of looking for a new manager.

"Absolutely," Beasley said. "I know this team. I know the heartbeat of this team. I would love to be considered for it."

Beasley has eight years of Minor League managerial experience in the Pirates and Nationals organizations, taking his team to the postseason six times. He was the Manager of the Year in the Double-A Eastern League in 2004.

The Rangers are looking for a new manager after dismissing Jeff Banister last week. Don Wakamatsu, who was the bench coach, is serving as interim manager and will get consideration for the full-time job. Others besides Beasley who could get consideration are first base coach Steve Buechele and Triple-A manager Jason Wood.

"Possibly, we're not ready to say," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We are not ruling anybody out. I don't see us interviewing 15 people. That's not a productive use of our time."

Daniels said the Rangers have just started the process.

"We are collecting information right now," Daniels said. "We haven't spoken to any candidates. We are putting together a job description and the attributes that are important to us."

This will be the third managerial hire for Daniels after Ron Washington in 2006 and Banister in 2014. In both cases, Daniels went outside the organization. He also had no preexisting relationship with either Washington or Banister.

"There is definitely some appeal to having a preexisting relationship," Daniels said. "You skip some of the getting-to-know-you period. But that's not going to be a prerequisite."

Banister and Washington were also first-time managers. There are several intriguing former managers who could appeal to the Rangers, including John Farrell, Joe Girardi and possibly Mike Scioscia. All three have led teams to a World Series title.

"At any high level, experience is valuable," Daniels said. "It's not a prerequisite. Everybody has different backgrounds, experiences and personalities. It all plays into it. We don't want to limit ourselves."

The Rangers will follow the MLB mandate and consider minority candidates. Two of note could be Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar and former All-Star shortstop Omar Vizquel, who is currently managing in the White Sox system. Both are considered strong managerial candidates. They also spent one year playing for the Rangers, Alomar in 2005 and Vizquel in 2009.

Mann, Sampson come home

The Rangers added left-handed pitcher to the roster for the weekend to make sure they have enough depth. Mann lives in the Seattle area and continued to stay in pitching shape after the Minor League season ended.

is also from the Seattle area and starts for the Rangers on Saturday. It will be his first career start at Safeco Field, after seeing many Mariners games while growing up here.

"I'm excited about it," Sampson said. "I just need to take care of business on the other days leading up to it. When I get out there, I just need to put blinders on, but that's how I have been pitching lately, with tunnel vision. It is my last start, and this has been a good year. To culminate the whole year by pitching here is pretty special."

Rangers beat

• The Rangers Instructional League team won a pair of games over the Padres at Petco Park on Thursday. The doubleheader was re-named the Don Welke On Deck Classic after the veteran scout, who worked for both teams before passing away earlier this month.

has not allowed an earned run in his first 12 games with the Rangers, the longest such streak to start a Rangers career. The previous mark was 11 by Darold Knowles in 1977 and Rich Gossage in 1991.

has not allowed a run in his last 21 innings, going into Friday's game. That's the second-longest active streak in the Majors behind Twins pitcher , who has 23 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings.