WEEI’s Rob Bradford says Monday looks like the perfect day to introduce the new manager, as it may be the only off day between now and the start of the World Series. Bradford explains that clubs need permission from Major League Baseball to make announcements during the postseason. Clubs are generally careful not to draw attention from the Fall Classic, which could go as late as November 1.
Some notes, now, on the leading candidates to be the next Red Sox manager:
- Ron Gardenhire managed the Twins (2002-14), guiding them to the postseason in six of his first nine seasons, a feat no other manager had achieved at the time. He was American League Manager of the Year in 2010, and runner-up to that honor in five other seasons. Garenhire’s managing record with Minnesota was 1068-1039 (.507), making him the winningest manager in club history and one of 10 managers in baseball history to win 1000+ games with a single team. Gardy, who turns 60 this month, was an infielder with the Mets 1981-85. He just completed his first season as bench coach for the Diamondbacks under manager Torey Lovullo. Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Gardenhire is one of the top three candidates for the Boston job. According to FOXSports reporter Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox have formally asked permission of the Diamondbacks to interview Gardenhire.
- Brad Ausmus, 48, was recently dismissed from the Tigers (a job he was given by Dave Dombrowski) after a four-year, mediocre stint during which he went 314-332 (.486). Originally drafted by the Yankees in 1987, Ausmus had an 18-year big league career (1993-2010) as a catcher with the Padres, Tigers, Astros, and Dodgers. He was an All-Star in 1999 and a three-time Gold Glove winner. The Connecticut native is considered a smart guy. Peter Gammons reported that after Ausmus’ interview for the Sox manager’s job in 2012, one of the club executives who was there called the interview the best he’d ever seen. Some, however, have raised concerns about Ausmus’ ability (or inability) to handle the media. Ausmus has also been linked to the open manager’s job with the Mets, too.
- Update, October 17: ESPN’s Buster Olney on Twitter says Dombrowski’s process will go fast and that Ausmus & Cora are the principle contenders for the job.
- Update, October 16: Boston Herlald’s Chad Jennings tweets that the Red Sox interview Ausmus today.
- Update, October 16: Jon Hayman reports that Ausmus has taken his name out of the running to be the next Mets manager.
- Update, October 15: MLive.com says the effort to paint Ausmus as some sort of Belichickean figure—his genius unappreciated by the rubes at his first stop, only to be welcomed in New England—is wildly premature.
- Alex Cora still has an important job to do in the ALCS as bench coach for the Houston Astros. The former Red Sox infielder is connected to more than a couple managerial openings this off-season. Cora, who turns 42 this month played 14 major league seasons (1998-2011), including four with Boston (2005-08). Since then he’s been General Manager and on-field manager for the Criollos de Caguas, his hometown team in the Puerto Rican Winter League, and was also General Manager for Puerto Rico for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He has previously interviewed for openings with the Rangers, Padres and Diamondbacks.
- Update, October 17: Of Cora, veteran player Carlos Beltrán says: “He’s always in the clubhouse getting to know the players, getting to know which buttons he could push on each player to make them go out there and play the game hard, which is great.” Beltran goes on to say, “He’s a guy that always is looking for information that he could use against the opposite team.”
- Update, October 17: Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that for some inside the Sox organization, there’s a growing feeling that Cora will be Dombrowski’s selection.
- Update, October 16: Cora’s youth that is going to play well with the Red Sox opines Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald.
- Update, October 16: Cora will interview for Mets manager’s job on Tuesday, is still front-runner for job with Red Sox reports Rosenthal.
- Update, October 16: Evan Drellich reports that a second interview is expected before Red Sox manager choice made.
- Update, October 15: Boston Herald reports that Sox baseball president Dave Dombrowski interviewed Cora on Sunday (October 15), an off-day during the American League Championship Series. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports subsequently tweeted that Cora is the front-runner to replace John Farrell.
- Update, October 13: For what its worth, former Red Sox Kevin Youkilis says Cora would be a great fit in Boston. He likes DeMarlo Hale for the job, too.
- Perhaps not a leading candidate, journalist John Tomase makes the case for former Red Sox Gabe Kapler, 42, to be the next Boston manager. Kapler’s demeanor, particularly in contrast to John Farrell‘s more serious disposition, is just what the club needs, Tomase says, to better develop its younger talent. For the last three seasons, Kapler has been the Dodgers’ director of player development. Kapler played 2003-06 in Boston as part of a 12 year MLB career. He then managed the Single-A Sox affiliate, the Greenville Drive, for one season in 2007, going 58–81.
Also of Note
- Update, October 17: Padres have asked Sox and received permission to interview hitting coach Chili Davis for similar role with them tweets Evan Drellich.
- The Tigers are interested in Red Sox first base coach Ruben Amaro, Jr. to be their manager in 2018.
- Though an unfamiliar name to most, Hensley Meulens, is a possible choice to be Red Sox manager tweets NBCSports Boston’s Evan Drellich.