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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington may already have a favorite for manager

Nov 12, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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While the Red Sox were scheduled to interview Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont for their managerial vacancy today, general manager Ben Cherington may have already pegged a favorite.

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston writes that Cherington is “extremely high” on Brewers hitting coach and former Red Sox third base coach Dale Sveum. In fact, Edes goes as far to speculate that Cherington has already made up his mind on a recommendation to ownership, but is going through the process in order to make sure “his judgment is sound.”

It was a little surprising to hear Lamont was interviewing, given that he turns 65 in December and hasn’t managed in the majors since 2000, but he could be an ideal bench coach for a rookie manager. For what it’s worth, Sveum played for Lamont with the Pirates in 1997.

In addition to Sveum and Lamont, the Red Sox have interviewed Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr., Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Blue Jays first base coach and former PawSox manager Torey Lovullo. The speculation shouldn’t last much longer, as the Red Sox are expected to name a new manager by Thanksgiving.

  1. toosoxy - Nov 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    seriously? i have my doubts. this is a really difficult post season to be a sox fan.

    • justthepeanutgallery - Nov 12, 2011 at 7:22 PM

      Francona apparently was a dope when he got hired – Torre too. Didn’t Charlie Manual stink before he came to Philly? Lots of Tampa Bay managers were awful, including Piniella, until all those high draft picks came around. Now Joe Maddon is one of the best in the game. Managers are as good as the players on the field

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 12, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    I don’t think this is the best situation for a rookie manager personally.

  3. proudlycanadian - Nov 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe is guessing that Sveum will get the job, but he would prefer that it would go to Lovullo.

  4. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Nov 12, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    I like the choice.

  5. ciaguy23 - Nov 12, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Guy couldnt coach third, now he’s a manager.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 12, 2011 at 6:44 PM

      He has not been hired yet; however, his performance as a third base coach in Boston leaves a big question about his ability to make decisions.

      • danindelray - Nov 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM

        Unless you think that every decision a manager makes is done in the same time allotted to a third base coach when he decides to send a runner or hold him up, this is the most ridiculous statement I’ve ever read.

      • JBerardi - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM

        The thing about being a third base coach is that you’re making tough decisions, and more importantly, you’re taking a lot of calculated risks. There’s game situations where it’s the right percentage play to send a guy even when he’s most likely going to be out at the plate. A good third base coach should be agressive about sending guys with two outs for instance, because there’s probably a two-thirds chance that the next guy up is going to make an out and prevent any more runs from scoring that inning. But if you do that, you’re going to have to answer for a lot of third outs made at home plate. Meanwhile a guy who’s way too conservative about sending runners looks great– no one ever gets thrown out at home! In other words, don’t be too quick to judge Sveum on his work at third.

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