Top 5 Candidates To Manage The Boston Red Sox
Where were the Boston Red Sox this season? Well, they were in the bottom of the American League East. The team really imploded towards the end of the season when it looked like Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury were putting on a clinic for their minor league brethren. That was not the case.
The team decided to get rid of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett and will probably start over in the off-season. The team also fired manager Bobby Valentine after a mutiny perpetrated by the assistant coaches.
Reports came out all year saying that nobody in the organization has Valentine’s back. The front office did not even let Valentine choose his own coaches and decided to keep whoever was there for the 2012 season. Valentine spoke out against the Red Sox saying that his coaches were not loyal to him. A day after a season-ending loss to the New York Yankees, he was fired.
Now starts the process that a lot of teams are going through this season and that is in search of a new manager. The Red Sox organization has a decision to make. Do they want to invest in a cheaper solution in a former major league player like the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox have done or will they pay an experienced assistant coach to manage the team like the Houston Astros did with Bo Porter?
Here I have given you a list of the top five candidates that the Red Sox have to choose from. Some are obvious; others are a bit of a stretch.
Mike Lowell has been recently linked as a possible manager to replace Ozzie Guillen with the Miami Marlins. The problem is that Guillen has not been officially dismissed by the Marlins making it a good chance that the Red Sox pick him up.
However, Lowell has stated that he would want to learn the ins and outs of being a manager before actually stepping into a manager’s shoes. If anything, Lowell would have a better chance at managing Miami than Boston.
Jason Varitek is a name that has popped up around the Boston organization as a possible manager if not future manager of the club. Varitek spent his entire career with the Red Sox and is one of the most notable Red Sox players in recent years.
Currently, he is a special assistant to the general manager but he could have an outside chance of being the next manager for the team.
Brad Ausmus was a longtime catcher in the majors and now serves as an assistant in the San Diego Padres organization. Surprisingly, the Red Sox are considering him as the next manager for the team.
Ausmus would be a safe choice for the Red Sox as he would not cost much to get but would he be the fitting person to take over the circus in Boston? Probably not. Ausmus could be a good manager but he is not the right fit for the Red Sox right now.
John Farrell is someone that the Red Sox think highly about. Farrell was a former pitching coach with the team from 2006-2010. Now, he manages the Toronto Blue Jays.
I do not get the love affair with Farrell. He has not led the Blue Jays to the playoffs so what makes anyone think he could with the Red Sox when the Jays had more talent on the last day of the season on the field than the Red Sox did?
Farrell has also came out and said that he is not going anywhere. How does the Boston front office think that the organization will get him?
Tim Wallach is the current Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach and now the team has given the Red Sox permission to talk to Wallach about possibly becoming their new manager.
Wallach has experience managing the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes for two seasons and if it weren’t for the poor timing with the Red Sox last season, he would have been the manager.
It looks like Wallach has the best chance to become the new manager for the Sawx.