DeMarlo Hale, currently the Toronto Blue Jays bench coach, apparently got a under-the-radar interview a few days ago with the Twins for the managerial vacancy.
Hale, 53 and black, gives the Twins a second minority candidate for the job.
Hale was a minor league infielder in his playing days who never rose above Double A in five seasons in the Boston and Oakland organizations in the 1980s. Most of that time was spent in the Red Sox chain; only in 1988 was he with the A's. I don't know how much contact if any he would have had with Tony LaRussa, who was the A's manager at the time. None of his minor league managers skippered in the majors.
He had a nine-year run as a minor league manager (1993-2001), mostly with the Red Sox but also with Texas, and had had a series of of major league coaching jobs since then.
Among the managers he's worked for as a coach: Buck Showalter in both Texas and Baltimore; Terry Francona in Boston; and John Gibbons in Toronto.