The search for a new manager has begun and a few names have already been thrown around. Only question is, who are these guys? Well I'm here to answer that question for you.
John Farrell: John Farrell is probably the most recognizable name that has a chance for the Red Sox managerial vacancy. Problem is, he manages the Toronto Blue Jays. The former Red Sox pitching coach is the desired candidate for the job by the ownership, because he's a familiar face that can easily win over many of the players on the team. Also, Farrell specializes in pitching which is the Sox biggest need. The only thing the past two years his team hasn't had particularly strong pitching. Now the poor pitching shouldn't be completely blamed on Farrell, because the Blue Jays pitchers aren't exactly superstars, but Farrell as a pitching coach should be able to get more. His ace Ricky Romero unraveled this season much Jon Lester did, so if should we expect him to fix our ace when he couldn't do it in Toronto. I will concede that Lester and Farrell have a history, but Romero's breakout season in 2011 was partly accredited to Farrell. It doesn't appear like Farrell is the greatest guy to manage any team right now. Maybe if we didn't have to give compensation to the Blue Jays I could be on board with bringing in Farrell, but not right now.
Tim Wallach: Wallach was the first man to interview for the job. He's currently the Dodgers third base coach. The 55 year old former third baseman was 5 time All-Star and 3 time Gold Glove award winner during his playing days. He got his first taste of managing in 2009 when he was named manager of the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate the Albuquerque Isotopes. He led them to win 80 games that year, a franchise record, and was named the Pacific Coast League manager of the year. After that he was named the Dodgers' third base coach, the position he holds now. It appears that Wallach has the skills to manage a team. I just wonder if he can do it at the big league level. The respect factor may play a role, because he lacks any real credentials as a manager and the egos that make up the Red Sox could over power him. On the other hand, though, his success as a player might gain him the utmost respect. I would certainly hope for the latter if he indeed becomes the manager. I think he may work better with a younger team considering his inexperience and his success at the minor league level. The good thing for Wallach is that the Sox are getting younger which caters to a guy like him. I'm definitely interested to see what he would bring as a manager and I think he may be a good fit.
Brad Ausmus: Ausmus is probably the most interesting candidate for the job. The former Gold Glove catcher interviewed for the job yesterday. Ausmus caught from 1993 to 2010, so he's not too far removed from the game. He currently works as a special assistant for the San Diego Padres and he managed Israel in the World Baseball Classic this summer. He's as raw as you can get for a manager. He could 2013's version of Mike Matheny and Robin Ventura. The only thing is that he has no connection with the franchise. It's one thing for a guy like Ventura who gave so much to the Chicago White Sox to become manager, but a guy who doesn't have that same connection nor the appeal to the fan base. It seems as if the Sox go with Ausmus it's almost the equivalent to Jason Varitek except Ausmus would have to earn the repect of everyone. That being said, catchers are natural born leaders and he has the ability to lead this team, so I'd be on board with bringing him in. It may end disastrously, but there's a high upside as well.
Tony Pena: Taking Tony Pena away from the Yankees would sure make a interesting headline, but would he be a good fit? The former big league catcher and manager has experiance on the field and in the dugout. He knows how to manage and can relate to players about the everyday grind of playing the game. In away he kind of reminds me of Terry Francona before he managed the Red Sox. Francona had a fairly unsuccessful campaign as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and then came to Boston and became on of the best managers in the game. Pena, who managed the Royals for four seasons, could do just that. Pena was even named AL Manager of the Year in just his second year as a manager, but his career there wasn't long. I think he could be a guy who could turn the Red Sox around. He's the safe choice for the job, but sometimes the safest way is the best way.
Demarlo Hale: Dermalo Hale was a big part of the Terry Francona regime in Boston and he left for Baltimore once it was finished. Now the Sox have interest in bringing their former bench coach back. Hale has a lot of the same beliefs as Francona so if the Sox would like to revert back to the Francona days Hale is the perfect fit. There isn't much else to say because he was Francona's go to guy after Brad Mills left, so things would be a lot like the Francona regime. I'm not a huge fan of returning to those ways , but it may work.
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