The list of names on the Red Sox list seems to be growing everyday and no one knows how the Red Sox will go. I have comprised a list of names that have come up and weighed their pros and cons.
- Dave Martinez- Rays Bench Coach
Pros: Since 2007, Martinez has been Joe Maddon's right hand man and has been a huge success in the Rays 180 turn. Martinez is also a former player and knows the ins and outs of a clubhouse and used to coach Carl Crawford while in Tampa. Martinez could possibly get Carl Crawford back on track and back to his old self.
Cons: When it comes to pitching, Martinez doesn;t really know all that much. Maddon is in control of the pitching in Tampa and Martinez basically gives Maddon no feedback. This is not good considering the Red Sox pitching collapse down the stretch. Also, the Red Sox are looking for candidates with managerial experience. Unfortunately, Martinez has none and the Red Sox could be a little wary of that fact because this team really needs some discipline.
- Sandy Alomar, Jr.- Indians Bench Coach
Pros: Alomar is a hot commodity in baseball when it comes to young managerial candidates. Sandy used to be a catcher and catchers seem to make great managers (Joe Torre, Mike Scoiscia, Joe Girardi, etc.). Alomar was also a finalist last season for the Toronto gig that when to former Sox pitching coach John Farrell and was rumored to be considered for the White Sox job before Robin Ventura (I know, right?). It's not a question of if Alomar will get a managerial job, but where?
Cons: No managerial experience and was only promoted to the Indians bench coach position in September.
- DeMarlo Hale- Red Sox Bench Coach
Pros: DeMarlo Hale is well respected by the Red Sox players and ownership. He knows this team and the players would feel very comfortable with him as manager. Like Alomar, he was considered for the Blue Jays job last season.
Cons: DeMarlo Hale was part of the epic Red Sox September collapse. It probably wouldn't be that big of a change for the Sox when they definitely need one right now. Also, when Terry Francona gets a managerial job, Hale would probably go with him presuming he already hasn't secured a manager job of his own.
- Bobby Valentine- ESPN analyst and former Rangers and Mets Manager
Pros: Bobby V is a fiery manager and would not put up with the Red Sox dramatic clubhouse. This team need a disciplinarian and outside of "Sweet" Lou Piniella there is no one else more tough than Bobby Valentine.
Cons: Valentine doesn't exactly have the best of records. 15 years as a Major League manager, 2 playoff appearances (1999 and 2000), 1,117-1,072. Then again Terry Francona didn't have the best of records either and we all know how that turned out.
- Dale Sveum- Brewers Hitting Coach
Pros: Not many other than the fact he used to be a coach in Boston.
Cons: Sveum might be regarded among Red Sox fans as the worst third base coach the Sox have ever had. Continuous players thrown out a the plate because he doesn't know what a stop sign is. If Sveum is hired, there would be a huge backlash and I think the Red Sox ownership would be wise not to hire him.
- Tony Pena- Yankees Bench Coach
Pros: Tony Pena has become Joe Girardi's right hand man in New York on a successful ballclub. Pena also has managerial experience as he managed the Kansas City Royals from 2002-2005. In 2003, he led the Royals to a 83-79 record, their first winning record since '94, and won the 2003 American League Manager of the Year award. That is nothing short of amazing that Pena actually won in Kansas City, if only for a year, with a minuscule payroll. Also, it would be a huge coup if the Red Sox stole away one of the Yankees top men.
Cons: When Joe Torre left as Yankees manager, they passed Pena over in favor of Joe Girardi. So there is something in Pena that the Yankees didn't necessarily like and, although managing the Royals, Pena followed his amazing 2003 season by leading the same Royals to a 104 loss season in 2004.
I believe that one of these names will be the new Red Sox manager and I just hope they take their time and hire the right man for the job. Not Dale Sveum.