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Red Sox hope to have new manager in place by Thanksgiving

Oct 31, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox Announce Ben Cherington as Executive Vice President/General Manager Getty Images

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said today that he hopes to have a new manager in place by Thanksgiving.

The Red Sox began the interview process today by welcoming Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin to Fenway Park. Mackanin, 60, has only served in an interim manager capacity with the Reds and Pirates, but told reporters following today’s interview that he is ready for the challenge of an official gig.

“I want the job because it’s something I’ve wanted for a while,” Mackanin said. “Coming up through the minor leagues, having played in the big leagues, it’s the top of the industry. It’s a premiere franchise. The way I look at it is, who wouldn’t want to manage the Boston Red Sox?”

Cherington expects to meet with “five or six” candidates before making a decision. Brewers hitting coach and former Red Sox third base coach Dale Sveum, the only other confirmed candidate, is scheduled to interview on Wednesday.

Interestingly, Cherington also acknowledged that certain members of Terry Francona’s staff, presumably DeMarlo Hale or Tim Bogar, haven’t necessarily been ruled out for the job.

  1. Kyle - Oct 31, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    This is a joke about alcoholic beverages and unhealthy fried food.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Oct 31, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Red Sox fans, as much as I would hate to see Pete Mackanin go from the Phillies, if he does, you will get a good manager. This man is well respected in the Phillies clubhouse and is a great baseball man. Whatever deals/issues you have in that clubhouse, he will take care of.

    Case in point: In the later part of the year, when the Phillies were playing the Brewers, Nigel Morgan hit a double to drive in a run against them. He was being a punk at second base, jumping up and down, thrusting his chest, pointing up to the sky with his bullshit antics, etc. I saw Pete Mackanin pissed of as hell and talking to Charlie Manuel about it, in disgust.

    Boston fans, this is the type of guy you need for that clubhouse. Smart, fair, but a tough guy that doesn’t take shit.

    Just remember, the last manager that you had came from the Phillies in the name of Tito Francona. He did something for you, didn’t he?

  3. Panda Claus - Nov 1, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    And in related AL East (Coast Bias) news, the Orioles aim to have a GM in place by Thanksgiving too. But don’t rush them.

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