It's a day of change on the Dodgers coaching staff, beginning at the top with Don Mattingly and the team reportedly parting ways. Now comes word that bench coach Tim Wallach has interviewed for the vacant Washington Nationals manager position, per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.
The Nationals fired Matt Williams on Oct. 5, the day after a disappointing regular season that saw the preseason World Series favorites win just 83 games, finishing seven games out of a playoff spot.
Wallach, 58, has been on the Dodgers' major league coaching staff for five years, all under Mattingly, serving as third base coach from 2011-2013 then as bench coach the last two seasons.
He managed the Dodgers' Triple-A team in Albuquerque in 2009 and 2010, winning Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year honors in 2009. Wallach also managed a partial season for the Dodgers' Class-A team in San Bernardino in 1998 after serving as hitting coach there for a season and a half, then managed Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, then an Angels affiliate in 2001.
During Wallach's tenure on the Dodgers' coaching staff he has interviewed for managerial vacancies in Detroit and Seattle, losing out to Brad Ausmus and Lloyd McClendon, respectively, both after the 2013 season.
Without knowing any details yet regarding the Mattingly split — an announcement and/or press conference is expected later on Thursday — it is unknown exactly what members of the coaching staff will return in 2016. But it stands to reason that Wallach might at least get an interview for the Dodgers' vacancy.
But if Wallach does indeed get the job in Washington, it would be fitting in a way for a man who played the first 13 years of his 17-year career with the Montreal Expos to get his first major league managing gig with the former Expos, who moved to Washington in 2005.