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Red Sox narrow managerial pursuit: Alomar out, Lamont to get another interview

Nov 21, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

Gene Lamont, Ben Cherington AP

The Red Sox let it be known early this evening that Sandy Alomar Jr. was out of the running for their vacant managerial gig but that Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont would get a second interview for the job.

Along with Lamont, Bobby Valentine and Torey Lovullo remains candidates for the Red Sox. ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes believes the Red Sox will either pick Valentine or go with a Lamont-Lovullo combination, with Lovullo presumably serving as bench coach and heir.

It’d be the third stint for the 64-year-old Lamont as a manager.  He was 258-210 with the White Sox in 1992-1995 and 295-352 with the Pirates from 1997-2000.

Alomar, who is set to take over as Cleveland’s bench coach next season, apparently was ruled out due to his lack of experience. According to WEEI’s Alex Speier, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said that he expects Alomar will be an excellent manager at some point.

The Red Sox aren’t expected to make their pick until after Thanksgiving.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 21, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    One problem Matthew. Lovullo is under contract to the Jays and a move to bench coach of the Red Sox would probably be rejected by Toronto.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Nov 21, 2011 at 6:49 PM

      Yeah, it is well worth noting. But at the same time, I doubt the Jays would stand in his way. It’s not a Farrell-type situation. First-base coach to bench coach is a definite upwards move.

      That said, you definitely know the Jays’ thought process better than I do.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:02 PM

        The Jays used to have an open door policy; however, that changed when the Red Sox began to make eyes at Farrell. From first base coach to bench coach is still a lateral move which is counter to Toronto’s new policy. They only allowed him to interview for the Manager’s position.

  2. bozosforall - Nov 21, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    What a joke of a list. The idiots should have held onto Francona.

  3. barklikeadog - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Alomar prob would gave been hurt and placed on DL within 2 weeks of opening day anyhow!

  4. yankeesgameday - Nov 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Could they just hire Col. Sanders already so I can stop hearing about this?

  5. 1983me - Nov 21, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    seadogs mgr.todd claus did a great job up there. think they should consider him for bench coach or mgr.he coached half of the team when they played double a for him.

  6. Detroit Michael - Nov 21, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    I feel bad for Sandy. Somehow his resumé lost a lot of managerial experience between when the Red Sox decided to interview him and today.

    • bozosforall - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      He’s better off waiting for another opening anyway.

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