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Red Sox Receive Permission To Interview Sandy Alomar Jr.

Besides Pete Mackanin, Dale Sveum, and Mike Maddux, the Red Sox also plan to interview Sandy Alomar Jr., the Indians' current bench coach, for their vacant managerial position. Alomar was formerly the first base coach in Cleveland, and is often mentioned as a potential manager. Given his playing career as a catcher, that's no surprise.

Alomar was signed as an amateur free agent by the San Diego Padres back in 1983, and made his debut in the majors in 1988, becoming a full-time backstop in 1990 once he was with Cleveland, where he would play for 11 of his 20 seasons in the bigs. The son of Sandy Alomar and the brother of now Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, baseball is something he has been around for basically his entire life. He's still pretty young -- at age 45, he's about two months older than Tim Wakefield -- and retired just four years ago, following a very brief season with the New York Mets. This puts him on the lower end of the experience scale as a coach (for comparison's sake, Mackanin has been in baseball for 43 years, almost as long as Alomar has been alive), but as a catcher, Alomar also has plenty of background in handling pitchers and running at least a part of the show. And, as has been mentioned before, having a former catcher around to help Ryan Lavarnway develop couldn't hurt.

There isn't a ton to go on for Alomar and why he would be a good fit in Boston outside of his experience as a catcher and a coach with Cleveland, but hey, at least if the Red Sox want to hire a former Indians' catcher, they aren't talking to Tony Pena.