Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:05 am
Edited on: October 5, 2011 4:03 pm
By Evan Brunell
The Terry Francona managerial search is going to be dragging on for a good while, but there's a couple of nuggets that filter out each day.
Wednesday, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that current Boston bench coach Demarlo Hale will not be considered for the Red Sox's vacant manager position. Hale was a finalist back in 2003 when Francona won the job, and Hale also came close to netting the Toronto job, losing out to fellow Sox coach John Farrell. He's a strong managerial candidate and figures to helm a bench somewhere one day, but it won't be in Boston, as McAdam writes that the Red Sox believe a fresh start is needed.
That fresh start won't include Bobby Valentine, Joe Torre or Tony La Russa, though. The Red Sox are seeking a "younger candidate, one more agreeable to working with others than a more established, veteran manager," McAdam writes.
Sources say that among the candidates discussed, some are still involved in the postseason. That would include Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, who seems to be a popular name in the search for a new manager. Also being considered is Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, whose team was knocked out of the playoffs on Tuesday. Another candidate is Cleveland bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. as well as Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, although Pena is not as viable a candidate as the aforementioned three names.
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Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2011 4:39 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
In what is expected to be a day or two of these kinds of procedural moves, the Indians announced they've picked up the team's 2013 option on manager Manny Acta.
In his second season in Cleveland, Acta led the Indians to a surprising 80-82 record, finishing second in the American League Central.
However, Acta's pitching coach, Tim Belcher, will not return. Belcher stepped down from his position in Cleveland to return to his position as special assistant in the Indians' front office. Belcher said he wanted to spend more time with his family. On Wednesday, it was announced that bench coach Tim Tolman would step down after being diagnoses with Parkinson's disease, while Sandy Alomar is expected to take over Tolman's position. Alomar, the Indians' first base coach, is also expected to interview for the White Sox manager position.
Also on Thursday, the Royals announced that they would not bring back pitching coach Bob McClure or bench coach John Gibbons.