Report: Rox eye Perez as managerial candidate

Former MLB catcher has coached in Braves system for 10 years

October 8th, 2016
Perez, 48, was a catcher in the Majors with the Braves, Indians and Brewers. (Getty)

DENVER -- The Rockies have not gone public with candidates for their managerial opening, but Braves first-base coach Eddie Perez acknowledged that the Rockies have contacted him, according to a report from Venezuela.

Perez is managing the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. On Thursday, Reyes Urena, a reporter for Lider en Deportes tweeted that Perez received a call from the Rockies and is on a list of potential candidates to replace Walt Weiss, who announced Monday that he would not return in what turned out a mutual decision between him and general manager Jeff Bridich.

The Venezuelan publication El Emergente published a story, crediting Urena's tweet.

The Rockies have been quiet about their potential candidates list, and did not offer official comment Friday night when the story began circulating in English.

In a conference call after the Weiss announcement, Bridich said there would be internal and external candidate. The only specific name that was mentioned was that of Triple-A Albuquerque manager Glenallen Hill. Bridich responded to a question about him, since the early rumor mill had him as a frontrunner:

"I think he [Hill] wouold be somebody internally that we would consider, certainly. But then again, this is all very new information and new news. So there have been no formal plans put in place."

Perez, 48, was a catcher in the Majors with the Braves (1995-2001, 2004-05), Indians (2002) and Brewers (2003). Perez has spent 10 seasons on the Braves' coaching staff. Before this season, Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox, who spent most of his managing career with the Braves, touted Perez's managerial future.

"Eddie is really a plus on any team. He would be a plus managing someday," Cox said. "He's still got young kids in high school and the family. He's such a big family guy, and it's hard for him to leave Atlanta right now. But I think in a couple years, he'll be able to do that or whatever. He's Major League managerial material, for sure."

The Braves' managing job is open, but president of baseball operations John Hart said interim manager Brian Snitker, who took over when Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed after a 9-28 start, is a candidate. He added it would be difficult for the Braves to pass over Snitker and hire Perez, bench coach Terry Pendleton or third-base coach Bo Porter. The Braves have revealed that former Padres manager Bud Black and former Rangers manager Ron Washington are candidates.

Perez is vying to become the third Venezuelan to manage a Major League club, behind Ozzie Guillen, who managed the White Sox 2004-11 and the Marlins in 2012, and Alfredo Pedrique, who managed the D-backs for 80 games in 2004.