STAMFORD, Conn. — General manager Brian Cashman said on Friday that he has settled on a candidate for the next Yankees manager and will make a recommendation to ownership from among the six men who already have interviewed.
Cashman, speaking on a Stamford rooftop in between rappelling down a building in preparation for doing the same dressed as an elf at an annual holiday event on Sunday, did not reveal his choice from among Carlos Beltran, Aaron Boone, Hensley Meulens, Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Chris Woodward.
Cashman said no other candidates will be interviewed.
“Basically, I’m closing the doors on the six we’ve interviewed and from that we’ll make a recommendation,” Cashman said. “I’m going to make a recommendation to ownership and then go from there.”
It has been an unusual search. The Yankees are the last team with a managerial opening after Cashman decided not to bring back Joe Girardi after 10 seasons.
Wedge is the only former big-league manager in the group. Thomson was the longtime bench coach under Girardi. Meulens and Woodward are big-league coaches. Boone and Beltran have no coaching experience. Beltran only retired from playing after his Astros won the World Series.
“Everybody has their strengths, everybody obviously has weaknesses,” Cashman said. “There’s no perfect candidate, but we’re looking for someone like we had before: someone that we can work with and collaborate with and connect with in good times and in bad.
“We’re looking for someone that has obviously the communication skills to manage people — vitally important. Open-mindedness to information . . . Being able to package all the tools in the tool box, all that information [and] bandwidth and then laser-focus it in a way the players can understand it on a day-in, day-out basis.”
Beltran was the last person interviewed. It may be significant that Cashman decided to end the interviews after meeting with the former Yankees and Mets outfielder . . . or it may not be. If Beltran isn’t offered the manager’s job, it seems likely the Yankees would want to bring him into the organization in some capacity.
“We learned a lot,” Cashman said. “I think every single person in that room earned the right to be there, deserved to be in that room. We were better from the conversation we were having, the things we were hearing. They all offered a lot of insight that provided some ‘ta-dah’ moments, like, ‘Wow, that’s impactful. That’s something we could utilize, we should utilize, we can improve our situation by focusing on that idea that was just presented.’ ”
At least the new manager will know who his pitching coach will be. Cashman let slip that Larry Rothschild will return in that role. The Yankees have not announced that, but it has been expected.