To absolutely no surprise, the Boston Red Sox fired manager Bobby Valentine after one terribly disappointing season. While they still owe him $2.5 million for next season, they found it far more attractive to pay him to stay away then to suffer through another disastrous season with Valentine at the helm. The Red Sox are a complete and utter disgrace, and the team has finally come to the realization that drastic changes are necessary.
While it began with Valentine, the team has already said that many changes will still occur moving forward.
But first, Boston needs a new skipper. General manager Ben Cherington has already said he wishes to wrap up the managerial search process far quicker than last offseason, meaning the Red Sox would ideally love to have a new manager in place by the end of the month, if not be the first week or two in November.
While they may exhaust many options, Boston will not drag this out like they did before hiring Valentine last December. Here is a look at the Top 10 candidates who could replace Valentine as the new manager of the Red Sox in 2013.
* Sandy Alonar Jr: Currently the interim manager of the Cleveland Indians, Alomar Jr. will have a chance to remove the interim tag from his name in Cleveland. Although, there is no secret that the Indians prefer to hire former Red Sox skipper Terry Francona. If that happens, Alomar Jr. could interview in Boston.
* Brad Mills: The former manager of the Houston Astros knows baseball. It just didn’t work out in Houston, but he was once thought of as a great future manager when he was with the Red Sox. They could look to bring him back, unless they want a fresh start.
* Brad Ausmus: The former catcher was a popular player with the Red Sox, and the current special assistant with the San Diego Padres is seen as a potential managerial candidate for many teams in the near future. Former catchers make for solid managers, so expect Ausmus to get an interview.
* Dave Martinez: The current bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays has learned under one of the best in the game right now in Joe Maddon. Boston could look at that as a possible blueprint for what Martinez could do for the Red Sox. Plus, he is familiar with the American League East.
* DeMarlo Hale: Red Sox fans will remember Hale as the third base coach who sent everyone home, with mixed results. But the current Baltimore Orioles third base coach has turned heads this season. The one knock will be his proximity to the team in 2011.
* Mike Lowell: The Miami Marlins think so highly of Lowell as a possible manager that they may fire Ozzie Guillen after just one season to bring him in as new skipper. He was an extremely popular player with Boston, so if Miami does not hire him, expect to hear his name mentioned in Boston.
* Torey Lovullo: The current first base coach of the Toronto Blue Jays has seen his stock rise over the past couple of years. he is young and energetic, and may be able to turn around a mopey and whiny Red Sox clubhouse. He has managed the Pawtucket Red Sox and knows the organization well.
* Mike Maddux: The Red Sox interviewed the current pitching coach for the Texas Rangers last offseason, and may have been prepared to extend an offer. Due to family reasons, Maddux withdrew his name from any managerial contention. If things have changed, he could be a top candidate this year.
* Tim Bogar: The trendy choice is already familiar with the current team and management. Bogar did not have a great relationship with Valentine as bench coach this year, but that may not hurt him all that much, as nobody really thought all that highly of the former skipper. He could have a shot, although I don’t see it as much as others.
* John Farrell: This is what everyone says makes the most sense. The Toronto Blue Jays would let their manager go for the right compensation, and it was Farrell who had the pitching staff pitching well in Boston. That has not happened nearly as well since he departed to take over in Toronto. This move seems to make the most sense.
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