SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Dave Miley isn’t sitting around waiting for the phone to ring but shows hints of a smile when asked if he would consider managing in the major leagues again.
“Ha! I’m not even thinking about that. I’m not even going to talk about that,” Miley said with a smirk over his sun-drenched face.
The former Cincinnati Reds skipper and current manager for the New York Yankees' Triple-A team in Scranton-Wilkes Barre spent his winter leading the Mayaguez Indios to a Puerto Rican Winter League title -- despite having only two true starters in his rotation -- and is now at the Caribbean Series trying to give Puerto Rico its first series crown in 12 years. But in the back of his mind is how he’s going to handle Scranton’s 144-game road trip next season.
“How do you prepare for something like that? I don’t think it’s ever happened, but I guess we’ll deal with it the best we can,” Miley said in regard to the fact that the Scranton Yankees’ home stadium will undergo a $40 million renovation and the team will play its home games at six different cities in 2012, none of which include Scranton.
With all that going on, managing in the majors again isn’t exactly his priority “unless I get a phone call.”
“I really like my job with the Yankees and I like what I’m doing,” Miley said. “What else can I say? I’m looking forward to spring training and getting the season started. Other than that, I’m just trying to have some fun.”
Miley’s time at the helm with the Reds wasn't all that much fun. He took over midway through the 2003 season after Bob Boone was fired and went 22-35. In 2004 the Reds showed some improvement, but still finished 76-86. After a 24-43 start in 2005, he was replaced by Jerry Narron.
Miley landed a job managing the Columbus Clippers, the Yankees’ former Triple-A team, in 2006 and took the team from worst to first by the end of 2007, earning him International League Manager of the Year honors and then a league title in 2008.
Overall, he’s 409-304 since taking over the Yankees’ Triple-A team and doing, by all accounts, a formidable job overseeing the development of prospects which have included infielder Eduardo Nunez, pitchers Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos and catcher Jesus Montero, who was shipped to Seattle in a deal for Michael Pineda last month.
As noted recently, there are several managers on the hot seat even before the start of the 2012 season, including Minnesota’s Ron Gardenhire, Cincinnati’s Dusty Baker, Colorado’s Jim Tracy and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. All four teams have something in common in that they play to Miley’s forte of polishing young players.
When pressed on the question if he would throw his name out there for consideration, Miley just shrugged.
“I’m not going to go there. When or if the phone rings, then we’ll talk,” he said.