BOSTON When Don Mattingly was named manager of the Dodgers at the end of the 2010 season, he had no prior major league managerial experience. But he had been a big league coach for seven seasons under Joe Torre -- whom he replaced in Los Angeles -- first with the Yankees as hitting coach, later as a bench coach, and then as the Dodgers hitting coach.
Now theres a possibility he could lose one of his own coaches -- Tim Wallach, who was the first candidate interviewed by the Red Sox to replace Bobby Valentine. As was the case when Mattingly got the Dodgers job, Wallach has no major league managerial experience.
Mattingly doesn't think that will keep him from being a good big-league manager, though.
"Tim Wallach is a solid baseball guy with great communication skills, Mattingly told Mike Shalin, the author of Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly.
He has a great baseball mind that never seems to be surprised by any situation. He knows what it takes and knows how the game is supposed to be played, with a keen understanding of the length of a season and the temperament to lead during the course of a long season."
Wallach, who turned 55 in September, is currently the Dodgers third base coach, a job he has held the last two seasons. He played parts of 17 seasons with the Expos, Dodgers, and Angels, before retiring after the 1996 season. He began coaching in the Dodgers organization the next season, and managed their Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes in 2009 and 2010, before taking the Dodgers third base job in 2011. He also managed at the Single-A level in the organization.