Manager search link dump:
Barry's being Barry in this article, but the article also had an interesting snippet at the end:
New name to be added to the mix: Cecil Cooper. This one comes from the Houston Chronicle. That's another name in the interesting column, though the only things I know about Cooper is that he could mash in the `80s, and I always thought he was in the movie Top Secret! when I was a kid. Apparently, I was just being racist.
Joe Girardi is mentioned in reference to the Giants here, though I can't see him going anywhere but Chicago.
Other random names thrown out by the San Jose Mercury News: Joel Skinner, Bob Geren, and Chris Chambliss. Geren was the best man at Billy Beane's wedding, so it could be that Geren isn't a fan of giving away outs in the tradition of Beaneology. That would also mean he isn't a great fit for the old skool Giants. I don't think the Mercury writer just made picked those names out of his shoebox of Donruss cards, though. There had to be a source somewhere that brought them up off the record.
Bob Brenly articles from the Chronicle yesterday, and the Sun-Times today. Thom Brennaman isn't going to announce Arizona games anymore, which would leave an opening in the Diamondback booth. Announcing does seem like an easier way to make a buck, to be sure. My unscientificalistic study: Google search for "'Bob Brenly' `Good Manager'" gets 643 hits, while a search for "'Bob Brenly' `Bad Manager'" gets only 181 hits. However, the latter results are much more entertaining.
Looking forward to some non-Pinella, non-Brenly closure.