Griffin: Butterfield can only sit and wait
The search for a Jays manager to replace Cito Gaston continues, conducted by the thorough, but tight-lipped GM Alex Anthopoulos. One of those candidates that has applied and is apparently still under consideration, Jays' third-base coach Brian Butterfield can only sit and wait for news. He has not spoken to Anthopoulos since the season ended.
Reached at his home in Bangor, Maine, Butterfield had not heard anything, but is patient with the process. He underwent foot surgery two days after the season ended and has been confined to what amounts to house arrest while he recovers. The 52-year-old veteran coach was told to sit tight by Anthopoulos after the season ended and his interview process had been completed. And now, that's all the hyperactive Patriots fan can do.
"No news is good news," Butterfield said. "They know where to find me."
On Tuesday it was reported by Shi Davidi of Canadian Press that Yankees third-base coach Rob Thomson and Rays' bench coach Dave Martinez had been told that they were no longer under consideration. In addition, Davidi reported that most of the internal candidates with the Jays had also been eliminated, except for Butterfield and Nick Leyva. But the bench coach, Leyva had said on the final weekend in Minneapolis that he had not asked for an interview and would only do so if the Jays asked him. He flew home from Minnesota.
Still on the Jays' radar, according to CP, were Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale and Indians' first-base coach Sandy Alomar, Jr.
Also believed to be alive in the managerial derby is Angels' bench coach Ron Roenicke, plus at least two more candidates, at least one of whom is busy with a team that is alive in the playoffs and will interview later.
A decision is expected by the Jays in the week after the World Series concludes.