Former Major League Baseball player Moises Alou could quickly emerge as a leading candidate for a potential managerial gig in San Diego, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Alou does not have prior experience in the role of a manager but his name has come up as a possibility to take over for Pat Murphy who could not exceed expectations coming up from the club's Triple-A affiliate in El Paso.
It is said that the Milwaukee Brewers were keeping tabs on Murphy to hire him as part of the new staff under the fresh hands of another former Major Leaguer, Craig Counsell.
The Padres refused to let Murphy take an interview in Milwaukee even though it would constitute a promotion. Murphy was brought in as the club's interim manager on the 16th of June after the firing of Bud Black, who had managed the club for the past eight seasons.
Padres people aren't speaking publicly about this, but some are saying there is an outside-the-box candidate. Alou would fit that bill.
Alou is currently a special adviser in San Diego's player development system. Alou was known best during his time with the Montreal Expos alongside the San Francisco Giants for his extreme talents and abilities. Alou's dad, Felipe, was very successful having managed both the Expos and Giants, where he got to see his son grow into a living legend to this very day, quickly growing his name.
As noted by Heyman, if Alou is a serious candidate, he's an under-the-radar one, as people who have spoke to Padres GM A.J. Preller haven't suggested he's talking widely about this as a possibility.
Though his name has been brought up, people connected to Alou have serious doubt regarding weather he would actually consider taking the job. Alou is said to be living happily in the Dominican Republic and may not be up to taking on a new challenge.
Alou has previously taken on the role of GM for the winter ball team at Escogido, having won multiple championships with them over the years.
Alou was hired by the Padres a year ago after refusing to take the role of hitting coach, which was brought to his attention and later turned down.
For his career as a player, Alou owns a .303 batting average alongside 332 home runs over the course of 19 seasons.
Other guys being looked at as potential candidates at this point in time include yet another former Major Leaguer, Alex Cora, Reno Aces minor league manager Phil Nevin, Pittsburgh Pirates coach Rick Sofield, Arizona Diamondbacks coach Andy Green, Los Angeles Angels executive Scott Servais, and former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.