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Person of Interest: Blue Jays managerial candidate Joe Espada

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Now that the Toronto Blue Jays have completed preliminary interviews for their open managerial job, they’re narrowing their focus with in-person interviews for a group of finalists.

As reported by Shi Davidi, the Blue Jays are believed to have five finalists including Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Giants farm director David Bell, Rays major-league field coordinator Rocco Baldelli and Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde.

We started taking a closer look at the finalists with a look at Rocco Baldelli, the Rays’ major-league field coordinator. Now the focus shifts to Astros bench coach Joe Espada, whose team was officially eliminated from the playoffs Thursday night…

The Oakland Athletics thought highly enough of Espada to select him in the second round of the 1996 draft. An infielder who primarily played shortstop, Espada posted a .367 on-base percentage over the course of nine seasons in professional baseball, but never did reach the major leagues. In hindsight, then, the A’s would have been better off taking the infielder who went one spot after Espada in the 1996 draft: Oakland’s own Jimmy Rollins.

While passing on Rollins was regrettable, the A’s did find a major-leaguer one round later when they selected........

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