NEWBERG REPORT PLUS PLUS — OCTOBER 29, 2006
Some added details have emerged with regard to the Rangers’ managerial search, which is about to ramp up considerably.
Nippon Ham Fighters skipper Trey Hillman will leave Japan for the U.S on Tuesday, interviewing with the Rangers that day before visiting with Oakland on Wednesday and San Diego on Thursday. He’ll fly back to Japan on Friday, after which he’ll coach an All-Star Game on Sunday the 5th, manage in the Asian Series (against teams from China, Taiwan, and South Korea) beginning on Sunday the 12th, and attend Japan’s National Baseball Convention on the 14th, the Fighters’ celebration parade on the 18th, and a fan fest at the Sapporo Dome on the 19th. He hopes to be back home in Texas for Thanksgiving.
Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu will interview for the Texas job on Wednesday. In addition, Oakland has requested the Rangers’ permission to interview Wakamatsu regarding its managerial vacancy.
Hillman, according to JapanBall.com, says that if he’s offered a big league job he will make a decision on whether to leave Japan for the Major Leagues at the conclusion of the Asian Series.