Michigan Baseball HC Search Update: Two candidates decline, two new names to watch

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Ever since Erik Bakich left the Michigan Wolverines for Clemson, the Wolverines have been looking for a new skipper. A few candidates immediately emerged, such as UConn head coach Jim Penders and Detroit Tigers pitching coach Chris Fetter.

Well, you can cross those two names off the list as they both withdrew their names from consideration for the position on Tuesday.

pendulum released a statement He confirmed he would stay with UConn, even quoting Bo Schembechler as saying, “Those who stay will be champions.” Meanwhile, Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch said Tuesday that Fetter told him and Tigers GM Al Avila that he would stay with the ball club.

As the Wolverines return to square one in their search for a new head coach, two new names have emerged as potential candidates. One of them is former Michigan infielder Bobby Scales, who played at Ann Arbor until he was drafted in the 14th round by the San Diego Padres in 1999.

Scales had a brief major league stint with the Chicago Cubs in 2009 and 2010 before going to Japan to play overseas for Nippon Professional Baseball‘s Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. After his playing career, he found work in the front offices of the Los Angeles Angels and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jon Morosi was the one who reported the Scales news; He is well connected not only in the baseball community but also in the state of Michigan. This one seems to have some legs, so keep Scales’ name in mind as you go ahead.

Another new nominee is Michael Brdar, who is currently the San Diego Padres’ hitting coach. He also played college ball at Michigan and even served as a post-playing volunteer coach for Bakich’s program.

Brdar is said to be interested in the position Kevin Ace the San Diego Union-Tribune. Brdar is only 28 and hasn’t been a coach for very long, but he’s risen through the ranks very quickly and will likely get a chance at the job.

And then there’s Central Michigan head coach Jordan Bischel, who has worked his way up as a head coach — from NAIA Midland University to DII Northwood University to repeat success at mid-major Division I, Central Michigan University.

Perhaps Bischel’s next step on the path to a professional coaching career could land him in Ann Arbor. As of now, there’s no word on whether Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel has reached out to him or if he’s interested in the position, but logistically it makes sense.

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