Red Sox Manager Search
Boston- Red Sox have begun their managerial search on Friday with the interview of Los Angeles Dodger’s 3rd base coach Tim Wallach. A few more names have surfaced as possibilities are Brad Ausmus who is a special assistant to the San Diego Padres as well as Demarlo Hale who currently is the 3rd base coach for Baltimore Orioles they are expected to be interviewed later this week. Everyone is expecting the Sox to snag John Farrell away from Toronto but I do not see this happening. A few dark horses to watch out for are Tony Pena, Tory Lovullo, and Dave Martinez.
In my opinion I expect the race down to three candidates Brad Ausmus, Demarlo Hale and Tony Pena. My reasons are as follows: look at the current MLB postseason coaches all of them were catchers. Catchers know how to manage the game of baseball and some of the successful managers in baseball have been catchers. Ausmus provides someone who is regarded as a bright baseball mind and a new face to the Red Sox organization. Also he continues the youth movement at the manager position of never managing in the MLB can be successful (St. Louis Cardinals Mike Matheny). I throw Demarlo Hale in the mix because the players love him and as we know from this previous season we need a manager players like and respect. Hale has been widely considered for manager positions around MLB and did interview for Houston’s vacancy. Hale also knows the Boston media and knows how to act around this tough market and high expectancy of the job. Tony Pena comes from the New York Yankees and which is a very well run organization and provides leadership and class that the Red Sox need. Also Tony Pena played for the Sox back in the day, so the media already knows him and he has a good personality. This search needs to be done correctly because Sox fans will not tolerate another dismal season.
Keep the Faith!!!
- Jay Schotter