Hale last of 8 to interview in initial phase

PHOENIX -- Arizona Diamondbacks officials met with DeMarlo
Hale, first base coach of the Texas Rangers, on Friday, completing
an initial round of managerial interviews.

Hale was the eighth candidate given a formal interview in the
search for a permanent replacement for Bob Brenly, who was fired
July 2. But general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. said others might be
interviewed before a short list is drawn up.

"I'm not prepared to say we're done at this point," Garagiola
said. "That may be the case, but I'm not prepared to say that

He said there eventually will be a round of higher-level
interviews with ownership representatives, including new chief
executive Jeff Moorad.

Moorad became the team's second CEO on Friday, succeeding Jerry
Colangelo. But the high-profile agent needs approval from major
league baseball to shoulder all of Colangelo's duties, and that may
be complicated by Moorad's inside knowledge of the players' union
through his former clients.

Moorad did not return a phone call to his office seeking comment

Hale, 43, just completed his third season of coaching for the
Rangers. That was preceded by two years managing Triple-A Oklahoma
and eight years as a minor league manager in the Boston Red Sox

"It went very well," Garagiola said. "As all these are, there
was extensive conversation. We covered a lot of topics. He asked a
lot of questions, we asked a lot of questions, so it was very

Interim manager Al Pedrique started the series when he met with
Garagiola and other team officials on Oct. 7.

Pedrique began the season as Brenly's third base coach. He had a
22-61 record on the way to Arizona's 111-loss season, but was given
credit for his work with an injury-decimated lineup that included
many former minor leaguers who weren't expected to debut in the
majors this year.

Former Chicago Cubs and Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace, a
television analyst for Arizona games this year, was interviewed
Oct. 8.

Garagiola met with former Seattle manager Bob Melvin on Monday;
Montreal third base coach Manny Acta on Tuesday; Wally Backman,
manager for Arizona's Class A team in Lancaster, Calif., on
Wednesday; and bench coaches Jamie Quirk and Joe Maddon on

Quirk, who played 18 seasons in the majors, has been Colorado's
bench coach for two years after spending six in the same position
with Kansas City.

Maddon spent the last nine years as Anaheim's bench coach.

"This was a strenuous week, but it enabled us to cover a lot of
ground," Garagiola said. "We want to complete this process as
quickly as we can."