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The Rays add Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville to their large list of managerial candidates

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 22: Barry Larkin gives his speech at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 22, 2012 in Cooperstown, New York. Larkin played his entire 19 year major league career with the Cincinnati Reds, compiling a .295 average, 2,340 hits, 1,329 runs, 198 home runs, 960 runs batted in and stole 379 bases. He was named to 12 All-Star games and was the 1995 National League MVP. Larkin was also a member of the 1990 World Series championship team. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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The Rays unveiled eight candidates to replace Joe Maddon last week. Now they’ve introduced two more: Barry Larkin and Doug Glanville:

Doug Glanville and Barry Larkin are the final additions to our initial round of interviews for #Rays manager. pic.twitter.com/zwM4XbsCk8

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 10, 2014

Larkin’s playing credentials are obvious but he has basically been a broadcaster and studio analyst since he retired. Doug Glanville is an author these days, having penned numerous excellent columns for the New York Times on both baseball and other things. Smart guy, but he hasn’t been inside baseball for a while. I suppose, though, there is something to be said about casting a wide net.

But the Rays have certainly cast it publicly. They have ten candidates in total, all released via social media like this, which just seems rather odd and game-showy for a managerial search. Maybe that makes me a grump or something, but I feel like this is, in some way I can’t put my finger on it, a bit rude to all of the candidates who, in some cases, may prefer at least some element of deniability to all of this.

Also, these graphics remind me of this:

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Smarf for Rays manager!