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Bobby Valentine will reportedly be the new manager of the Boston Red Sox, according to an ESPN report on Tuesday night citing an industry source. Valentine has a career 1,117-1,072 record in 15 seasons as a manager.
Just yesterday, we heard that the Boston Red Sox manager search was down to current ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine and Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont. As of today, Lamont is no longer a candidate for the manager position (via ESPN Boston). Lamont, a former American League Manager of the Year (1993), has not managed a team since 2000. Valentine has not managed since 2009 when he was the manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines (2004-2009) in Japan's Pacific League. His last MLB managerial stint was with the New York Mets (1996-2002).
Despite Lamont being out of the running, the Red Sox have not offered Valentine the job. Part of the reason may be that Valentine is currently at a charity event in Japan and is not scheduled to leave Japan until late Eastern time on Wednesday. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington wants to have a new manager by next Monday.
The Red Sox are down to just two candidates in their search for a new manager. How do the two stack up, and can we please get some more options?
For almost two months, the Boston Red Sox front office has been looking for a new manager to replace Terry Francona, who was fired in early October. The search could possible come to an end sometime late this week tweeted Dan Roche of WBZ Monday.
Over the course of the managerial search, Valentine has met with the Red Sox brass multiple times. Valentine's overall appeal is that he has manage a large-market team before -- the New York Mets -- and he knows how to handle high-profile players, which Boston has a lot of.
Meanwhile, Lamont did win the Manger Of The Year Award in 1993, but hasn't managed since 2000.
It appears the Boston Red Sox have narrowed their search for a new manager to two candidates, Bobby Valentine and Gene Lamont.
Valentine, 61, has not managed in the Major Leagues since 2002, when he managed the New York Mets. He has worked as an analyst for ESPN the previous two years.
Lamont, 64, has not managed in the Major Leagues since 2000, when he managed the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lamont is a former AL Manager of the Year, winning the award in 1993.
According to Pete Abraham of the Globe, an official announcement will not be made until next week at the earliest.
Nothing will be settled today according to team sources and the earliest an announcement will be made is next week. Gene Lamont did indeed meet with ownership earlier this week, so he joins Bobby Valentine in that regard.
Time is running short, but the Boston Red Sox reportedly still want to end their manager search before Thanksgiving.
A source told Fox Sports' Jon Morosi that the Sox would like to have a manager by the time they sit down to a turkey-day feast.
Long-time manager Bobby Valentine, who currently works as a baseball analyst for ESPN, has become the apparent front-runner for the position. During parts of 15 seasons as an MLB manager, with the Texas Rangers and New York Mets, Valentine has 1,117 wins compared to 1,072 losses. He won two NL wild cards and one NL pennant with the Mets.
The Red Sox interviewed Valentine for the second time on Monday. He told the media that he initially met with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and owner Larry Lucchino on Nov. 3.
The Boston Red Sox wanted John Farrell to come back and manage the team. About a month ago there were rumors about Farrell, current Toronto Blue Jays manager and former Boston pitching coach, returning to Boston. The Blue Jays reacted by changing team policy and said firmly: no lateral moves. As the manager position for the Red Sox would be a lateral move, that was the end of the discussion, right? Wrong.
The Sox reportedly talked to the Blue Jays after the no lateral moves announcement (via NECN.com). Boston tried to convince Toronto to let them talk to Farrell. FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal wrote in his report that the "Sox never considered it likely that the Jays would engage in serious discussions about Farrell" and that the discussions broke off at that point.
Farrell is still under contract to manage the Blue Jays for another two seasons. The Red Sox interviewed current ESPN analyst and former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine about the open manager position on Monday.
The Boston Red Sox search for a new manager continues. Former Mets manager and current ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine met with Red Sox formally to interview on Monday. When Valentine met with the media he said that he first met with Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and general manager Ben Cherington on Nov. 3.
Valentine also clarified that it would be Cherington who decided on the new manager (via WEEI.com).
Larry made it pretty clear that this was going to be Ben's choice and when I walked out of the room with Ben I was hoping I was received well enough that I would be able to come and get a second tour of duty, but I wasn't sure. And I didn't get a phone call for a few days. That made it a situation that I was really happy I only told my wife that I talked to Ben and I didn't have to explain to people why I wasn't getting a phone call.
As the Boston Red Sox managerial search continues and the available candidates begin to dwindle, it appears that ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine is the top choice and reports Sunday, from SI.com's Jon Heyman, have both parties meeting Monday to talking about the team's vacancy.
According to FoxSports.com, Valentine has already met with each of the three principal owners -- John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino.
In recent years, Valentine, who manged for the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan, has been a candidate for the Baltimore Orioles and Miami (Florida) Marlins managerial openings, but withdrew he either withdrew his name from consideration or was not picked for the job.
Overall, Valentine has 1,117 victories as a manager, including a trip to the 2000 World Series, which featured his Mets losing to the New York Yankees in five games.
For more on the Boston Red Sox manger search, check out SB Nation's Over The Monster.
On-air, Bobby Valentine represents Red Sox fans' worst managerial nightmare. Behind the scenes, he's shown flashes of being something bigger and better. Which Valentine are the Red Sox pursuing, and just how terrified should you be?
With Dale Sveum set to be introduced as the Chicago Cubs manager on Friday, the Boston Red Sox now need to turn their manager search in another direction. The Red Sox are expected to expand their options, and Bobby Valentine could be their newest candidate.
Valentine has "met with at least one" Red Sox owner and will meet with the rest of Boston's top executives soon, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Currently an ESPN analyst, Valentine has managed for parts of 15 seasons in the MLB. He spent parts of eight seasons with the Texas Rangers and parts of seven seasons with the New York Mets, winning two NL Wild Cards and one NL Pennant with the Mets. His career MLB managing record is 1,117-1,072. He also spent time managing in Japan.
Valentine has been a candidate for a number of managerial openings in recent seasons.
Though the Cubs beat the Red Sox to an offer for Sveum, a source told ESPN that he "doubted" Sveum would accept the position with the Cubs without giving Boston a chance to make an offer.
The Red Sox met with Sveum Wednesday afternoon in Milwaukee, but as of Wednesday night had not offered Sveum, or anyone else, their managerial opening. Sveum was considered the clear front-runner to replace Terry Francona in Boston, but that's only if he chooses not to accept Chicago's offer.
Boston general manager Ben Cherington was scheduled to travel to Cuba on Thursday to meet with Red Sox personnel and oversee a workout for Cuban prospect Yeonis Cespedes. Cherington told reporters the manager search would "take a little breather" while he was gone.
Asked by ESPN if the Red Sox were out of the running for Sveum, Cherington replied via text message, "If he accepts the job with the Cubs we would be."
A source close to Sveum told ESPN his gut feeling was that Sveum preferred the Chicago job if given the option between both teams. Cubs brass Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were seen entering Sveum's hotel room Thursday afternoon.
Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin is reportedly no longer under consideration for the vacant position of Boston Red Sox manager, just hours after it was reported that Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum underwent his second interview.
That's according to BoSox general manager Ben Cherington (via Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald):
Cherington: Mackanin out of #RedSox manager mix but chance one more candidate could be added ... Asked if #RedSox could widen the pool of candidates in manager's search, Lucchino said 'Absolutely.'
While Mackanin never held the position full-time, he served as interim manager for both the Pittsburgh Pirates (2005) and the Cincinnati Reds (2007) and cut his managerial teeth in the dugouts of the minor leagues.
The pool of candidates may indeed widen, but Sveum is strongly considered as the front-runner to replace former manager Terry Francona.
Boston Red Sox brass conducted a second interview on Wednesday with Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum, considered the front-runner to replace Terry Francona as the Boston Red Sox manager.
The team declined to update the progress of their search after eating lunch with Sveum, and would not commit to Sveum as the team's next manager during an interview with ESPN's Gordon Edes.
"We're not going to say anything until we get to a conclusion," chairman Tom Werner said when returning to the Pfister Hotel following the lunch meeting.
When pressed on the issue, Werner said "we haven't concluded anything" and "as of now, we don't have a manager."
"We had a good lunch. Really, that's all it was," Werner said.
Sveum is the only candidate so far to be called back for a second interview, though Boston general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday that the team expected to meet again with at least one more person.
"I don't envision a scenario where there won't be at least one more candidate discussed," Cherington said Tuesday. "As in every question, most every question, I can't rule anything out, but I would expect at least one other candidate discussed."
In addition to Werner, Cherington and Sveum, the lunch included team owner John Henry and CEO Larry Luchino.
Sveum is also considered a favorite for the Chicago Cubs' managerial position.
Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum is the apparent front-runner to replace Terry Francona as the Boston Red Sox manager, according to a report from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
The Red Sox could need to battle former general manager Theo Esptein for Sveum's services - Heyman also considers Sveum the Chicago Cubs' top managerial candidate.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spoke to Sveum Tuesday, confirming that Sveum was on his way to the GM/owners' meetings in Milwaukee for his second managerial interviews with the Red Sox and Cubs.
The Red Sox have also interviewed Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Toronto Blue Jays first-base coach Torey Lovullo and Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont.
Sveum played 12 seasons in the MLB, then retired and began a coaching career. He was Boston's third base coach in 2004 and 2005, and served as Milwaukee's interim manager for 12 games during the 2008 season.
Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum will reportedly is scheduled for a second interview with Boston about the Red Sox vacant manager job, according to an initial FOXSports.com report that was since confirmed by WEEI.
The Red Sox could be battling former GM Theo Epstein for Sveum, according to the Ken Rosenthal report:
Sveum will meet with Sox general manager Ben Cherington and ownership representatives at the GM/owners’ meetings in Milwaukee.
However, he remains high on the Cubs’ list, sources say.
The Red Sox expect to talk again with at least one more candidate besides Sveum this week, one source said.
Red Sox fans remember Sveum from his time as third base coach for the Red Sox. WEEI has a reminder:
Sveum served as the Red Sox' third base coach in 2004 and 2005. While he was often the target of criticism by Sox fans for his aggressive (and sometimes ill-fated) decisions to wave runners to the plate, he was widely respected by Sox players for his preparation, commitment and baseball acumen.
The Boston Red Sox will interview three more candidates this week for their vacant managerial job, the team announced Tuesday.
Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will interview Wednesday, Toronto Blue Jays first-base coach and former Triple-A Pawtucket manager Torey Lovullo will interview Friday and Detroit Tigers third-base coach Gene Lamont, who served as third-base coach for the Red Sox in 2001, will interview Saturday.
The trio follows Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum on the list of interviewees for the job Terry Francona resigned from at the end of September. Meanwhile, Francona will interview Tuesday with the St. Louis Cardinals for the manager job that opened up when Tony LaRussa retired after winning the World Series last month.
Of the three new candidates, Lamont will be the first Red Sox interviewee to have permanent Major League managing experience under his belt after being the skipper of the Chicago White Sox from 1992-95 and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1997-2000. Sandy Alomar Jr. has no Major League managing experience, but has a wealth of other experience from his 20-year Major League career, which ended in 2007. His brother, second baseman Roberto Alomar, was inducted into the Hall of Fame this past year and his father, Sandy, also played in the Majors and had a lengthy coaching career.
Visit Over the Monster for complete Red Sox coverage throughout the offseason.
The Red Sox will interview Sandy Alomar Jr. this week as they continue to search for their next manager. Is the six-time All-Star the right man for the job?
Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux has withdrawn his name from consideration for the vacant managerial opening with the Boston Red Sox, according to reports citing a Monday press release from Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.
Maddux had been one of the favorites to win the job from almost the moment erstwhile manager Terry Francona resigned from his post at the end of September and on Thursday was given permission to speak with both the Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are now run by former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and are also in the market for a new manager.
Mike Maddux is the brother of former Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux and has spent nine seasons as a pitching coach for Texas and the Milwaukee Brewers. Prior to that, he had pitched 15 seasons in the Major Leagues before retiring in 2000.
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The Boston Red Sox have asked for permission to interview Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, according to a report from SI's Jon Heyman.
Maddux, the brother of Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, has spent nine seasons as a pitching coach for Texas and Milwaukee. He pitched for 15 seasons in the MLB, retiring in 2000.
The Red Sox have already interviewed Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. Boston general manager Ben Cherington said the team would likely interview five or six candidates during the first round of interviews, but that number could potentially expand.
Heyman speculated on Twitter that the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs could each interview the same six people - Mackanin, Sveum, Maddux, Cleveland Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez.
Cherington said the Sox would prefer to hire a manger before Thanksgiving, but hasn't committed to a specific timetable.
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told WEEI the Red Sox would prefer to hire a manager prior to Thanksgiving.
"I hope it doesn't get to December," he said. "We'll see. We're going to use this week and probably part of next week to have an initial round of interviews, and there'll probably be follow-ups. Our hope is that we have a manager in place before Thanksgiving, but Tito [Francona] was after Thanksgiving. We'll see. I don't want to put a date on it."
Cherington said the Red Sox will interview Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum Wednesday. The team's first interview was conducted with Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, and more interviews could follow this week after Sveum. Cherington said he expects to interview five or six people during the first round of interviews, but it could be more.
"In a first round of interviews, we're really just trying to get to know the candidates, let them get to know us," Cherington said. "I would expect that there would be a conversation, at least, with a smaller group of finalists. This is really just an opportunity to get to know them enough -- you start to envision whether this could be a fit or not, whether this could be a relationship that works or not. The in-game strategy is important, but, as you guys know, it's just one part of the job. Managing the clubhouse is a huge part of the job. Working with the front office and ownership is a part of the job. We're trying to get to know the people well enough to get a feel for how they would manage all parts of the job."
Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum will be among the interview candidates for the vacant position of Boston Red Sox manager, according to Rob Bradford at WEEI.
While Mackanin has yet to hold an official, full-time manager position, he did serve as interim manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005, and again for the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. He's spent the last three years as the Phillies bench coach and has a long pedigree managing in the minor leagues.
Sveum has also served as an interim coach before, when the Brewers were between managers in 2008. He's held various coaching positions with the Milwaukee organization since 2006. Boston fans may remember Sveum as the third base coach for the Red Sox in 2004-5.
It remains to be seen what other candidates are on the docket for the Sox. Although Sveum and Mackanin may not be the type of big names that Boston fans are hoping for, it's good to see that the process is moving along.
To discuss these candidates with your fellow Red Sox fans, please visit Over The Monster.
Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino told WEEI there are no front-runners yet for the Red Sox manager opening, but the Red Sox plan to begin interviews next week for "eight or 10" candidates.
"I wouldn't read too much into who comes in first (to interview)," Lucchino said on Boston sports radio station WEEI. "We're at eight or 10 names and we just want to get the interview process beginning."
Lucchino said there have not been many internal discussions to rank the candidates, and the Red Sox have not made any of the candidates public. But the Sox are expected to show interest in Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg, Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.
Whittling down those candidates will take time, noted Lucchino. He did not give a specific timetable for the process, but does not expect the club to replace Terry Francona without a thorough search.
"It's going to take a few weeks, certainly," Lucchino said. "We hired Terry Francona I think on Dec. 2 of (2003) and we didn't lose anything in the 2004 season. I think we feel like there is some time on that."
After nine seasons as a pitching coach in Milwaukee and Texas, [Maddux] may be interested in managing.
Other candidates for the job include Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, Cleveland Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo.
Maddux pitched 15 season in the Majors, retiring in 2000. When he retired he became the pitching coach of the Houston Astros Double-A team before becoming the Milwaukee Brewers pitching coach. He coached in Milwaukee for six seasons and is currently coaching in the World Series as the Texas Rangers pitching coach, who he's been with since 2008.
According to Scott Lauber's report, during Maddux's three years on manager Ron Washington's staff, the Rangers have posted a 4.03 team ERA, including 3.79 this season.
Ben Cherington was formally introduced to the Boston media on Tuesday afternoon as the Boston Red Sox announced him as the club's new general manager. During his press conference, Cherington assured the media and fans that the team has a list of candidates to replace Terry Francona as the team's next manager.
"We've done a lot of due diligence over the last couple of weeks," Cherington said. "That was one of the benefits behind the uncertainty is we could work behind the scenes and do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions of potential candidates. We've narrowed a list down to a probable first group of interviews. I'm not prepared to say who they are because we haven't asked permission for anyone yet. Certainly, we're not going to go into the process with any preconceived notions about who's the favorite or any bias in any direction. But we expect we'll start the interview process soon and we do have a short list of candidates. There will be several." (via WEEI)
Cherington also said that he and the Red Sox are looking for someone with a "strong voice" and "someone who cares about players, but is also willing and ready to have tough conversations with them." Cherington also stressed the importance of having a manager who is willing to work with the front office but still make an argument for their beliefs.
But most importantly, Cherington said he wanted "someone who has a passion for the game."
John Farrell's is one of the rumored replacements for Terry Francona as the next manager of the Boston Red Sox, the same team he served as pitching coach for from 2006 through 2010 before leaving to become the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays at the start of this past season.
While Farrell did not confirm or deny if the interest is mutual, he did make it clear that at this moment he is preparing for the 2012 season with the Blue Jays and intends to do what's best for the team.
"I have no idea and no comment on what's happening in Boston," Farrell wrote to sportsnet.ca. "I am focused right now on preparing for what is best for the Blue Jays in 2012." (via Sportsnet)
Per team policy, nothing is stopping Farrell from being in contact with the Red Sox about their managerial vacancy, so his comments don't necessarily mean that he is out of the running for the position.
John Farrell returning to the Boston Red Sox remain a real possibility, at least according to ESPN's Dan Shulman, who Tweeted that if Farrell wanted to vacate his position as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, the team wouldn't stop him from returning to Boston.
Farrell managed for the first time in his career last season, guiding the Toronto Blue Jays to an 81-81 record and a fourth place finish in the American League East, one of the toughest divisions in baseball. Farrell had served as the pitching coach under Terry Francona prior to his managing stint in Toronto from 2006 through the end of 2010.
Farrell, a pitcher himself, played eight major league seasons from 1987 to 1996 with the Cleveland Indians, California Angels and Detroit Tigers. Farrell had a 36-46 record with a 4.56 ERA and 355 strikeouts in 116 career games.
The Boston Red Sox will wait until Theo Epstein's status is resolved before hiring a manager to replace Terry Francona, according to a WEEI report.
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