Philadelphia Phillies player information coordinator Sam Fuld has declined interviews with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and New York Mets for their managerial vacancies, per a report from Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.
It appears Fuld, who has served as player information coordinator since November 2017, will be staying within the Phillies organization. It is unclear whether or not he is an internal candidate for the the manager position in Philadelphia. Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi were reportedly interviewed Monday, while Dusty Baker’s meeting with the Phillies brass will take place some time later this week.
Going into this offseason, Fuld was considered an intriguing candidate among teams looking for a new skipper. He spent eight seasons in the majors with four different teams and holds an economics degree from Stanford University. His experience as a player information coordinator, which involves both communicating and relating to his players and working with data, garnered some attention among teams looking to hire a young, analytically -inclined manager.
Fuld, who became a fan favorite in his three seasons with the Chicago Cubs, would have joined ex-Phillies manager Gabe Kapler as a candidate for the Cubs vacancy. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported earlier that Kapler will meet with the Cubs later this week. Kapler will also interview for the Giants position this week, per RADIO.COM’s Jon Heyman.
The division-rival New York Mets have so far named six possible candidates for their managerial opening: Girardi, former players Carlos Beltran and Eduardo Perez, Arizona Diamondbacks vice president of player development Mike Belt, Minnesota Twins bench coach Derek Shelton and current Mets quality control coach Luis Rojas.
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