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Saturday, February 08, 2020

Ron Roenicke reportedly in line to become Red Sox manager

The Red Sox may soon have their next manager and it appears his name will likely be Ron Roenicke.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Roenicke would indeed be the Red Sox choice to replace Alex Cora after a ruling comes down from Major League Baseball regarding its investigation of allegations the Sox cheated in 2018. Commissioner Rob Manfred reiterated Thursday what Red Sox players had been told, which is that MLB’s plan was to have the process completed before the start of spring training (Wednesday).

The 63-year-old has been a bench coach with the Sox the last two seasons, having served as the Brewers manager from 2011-15. Just prior to joining Boston Roenicke was the third base coach for the Dodgers and then the Angels.

And now, to see if the other shoe drops…..

 

QLE Posted: February 08, 2020 at 01:01 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, red sox, ron roenicke

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Red Sox To Interview Luis Urueta For Managerial Vacancy

The Red Sox are interviewing Luis Urueta for the club’s open managerial position, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes (Spanish-language link). He’s expected to speak with the club today via phone.

Urueta is presently the bench coach of the Diamondbacks, where he serves under skipper Torey Lovullo — who, like much of the top Arizona baseball ops leadership, came over from the Boston organization. The Snakes have given Urueta permission to interview, per Alex Speier of the Boston Globe (via Twitter).

The interviews begin- wonder if it’s telling at all that they’ve decided to talk to outsiders after all…...

 

QLE Posted: February 01, 2020 at 01:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: luis urueta, managerial search, red sox

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Source: Astros focus on Dusty Baker to be new manager

The Houston Astros have focused their managerial search on veteran Dusty Baker, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan, but a deal has yet to be finalized.

Baker, 70, would become the oldest manager in the major leagues. Having last managed the Washington Nationals in 2017, he ranks 15th in all-time wins with a 1,863-1,636 record over 22 seasons that includes a National League pennant with the San Francisco Giants in 2002.

Baker would replace AJ Hinch, who was fired along with general manager Jeff Luhnow by owner Jim Crane on Jan. 13 following MLB’s findings that the team illicitly used electronics to steal signs during its run to the 2017 World Series championship and again during the 2018 season.

I’m oddly torn in this situation- I can’t make up my mind if I want to see Dusty ride in and clean that mess up, or wish him to stay far, far away from that wretched hive of scum and villainy.

 

QLE Posted: January 29, 2020 at 12:59 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, dusty baker, managerial search

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Astros manager rumors: Brad Ausmus joins Dusty Baker, Buck Showalter, John Gibbons as candidates for

The Houston Astros aren’t wasting any time when it comes to finding their replacement for former manager A.J. Hinch, who was ousted in the wake of the team’s sign-stealing scandal last Monday. After the club was reportedly connected to former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and former Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter for the position, another name emerged Friday.

Former Tigers and Angels manager and former Astros catcher Brad Ausmus is now a candidate for the job, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Ausmus, 50, spent 10 of his 18 seasons as a player in Houston uniform. He also managed the Tigers for four seasons and led them to a division title in 2014. Ausmus managed the Angels in 2019 and guided them to a disappointing 72-90 record before being let go in favor of Joe Maddon. Across five seasons as a major league manager, Ausmus has a record of 386-422 (.478).

Former Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker was also set to meet with the club earlier in the week to discuss their managerial vacancy, according to McTaggart.

Astros owner Jim Crane announced the firings of Hinch along with general manager Jeff Luhlow following the completion of Major League Baseball’s investigation and punishment toward the Astros for their high-tech sign-stealing scandal. With less than a month until spring training begins, the clock is ticking for the Astros to find Hinch’s permanent replacement.

Interesting contrast with a certain team off the Back Bay…...

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2020 at 12:49 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brad ausmus, buck showalter, dusty baker, john gibbons, managerial search

Friday, January 24, 2020

Bloom: Red Sox won’t rush to have manager by spring training

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are still hoping to have a manager in place by spring training, but chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Thursday it’s possible they won’t hire someone before pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12.

“It would certainly be ideal” to have replaced Alex Cora by then — but not at the cost of rushing the process, Bloom said. “Nobody wants to be at this point in a year without a manager, obviously, so that would become even more important once we get to spring training.”

The Red Sox let Cora go last week after Commissioner Rob Manfred identified him as the ringleader in a sign-stealing scheme when he was the bench coach with the World Series champion Houston Astros in 2017. Major League Baseball is also looking into whether Cora engaged in similar shenanigans after taking over the Red Sox in 2018; the team has declined comment pending the results of the investigation.

The Astros fired manager AJ Hinch, and the Mets fired new manager Carlos Beltrán — before he managed a single game for the team — because of his connection to the cheating. The Mets stayed in house and quickly hired Luis Rojas to replace Beltrán, and the Astros have already conducted several interviews for their opening.

 

 

QLE Posted: January 24, 2020 at 01:13 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: chaim bloom, managerial search, red sox, spring training

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Could baseball’s sign-stealing scandal lead to a manager’s job for Ozzie Guillen?

Will baseball’s sign-stealing scandal have a silver lining for a South Side legend?

Three teams whose managers were caught up in the scandal are suddenly without skippers just a month away from the start of spring training: the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. The Astros’ practice of stealing signs and relaying them to players on the field during their championship season in 2017 led to the firings of A.J. Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran, creating three high-profile job openings.

January managerial searches aren’t common, for obvious reasons, and while any or all of the teams in the market for a new manager could go about it as a regular search — potentially sticking with baseball’s trend of young, inexperienced guys at the helm — there’s a good argument to be made that an experienced skipper would be best to slide into that position this late in the offseason calendar.

There has been no shortage of suggested candidates, but one was conspicuously absent from an extensive list discussed on MLB Network, an experienced manager with a World Series championship on his resume. And that former manager was happy to point out the omission.

Well, we’ve been wondering who the Bobby Valentine of this situation could be….

 

QLE Posted: January 18, 2020 at 01:26 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, ozzie guillen

“Hire ’Tek!”: Red Sox fans make pitch for Varitek as manager

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have a list of characteristics they want in their next manager, but they haven’t yet landed on a name.

Their fans have one in mind.

Three days after the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora for his involvement in a cheating scandal, supporters pleaded for Boston’s front office to hire former catcher and team captain Jason Varitek at a town hall event Friday during the team’s winter festival.

Members of the team’s leadership group were hit with “Hire ’Tek!” chants throughout the night, and principal owner John Henry was interrupted several times by fans voicing their support. Henry paused and nodded in acknowledgement, and new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom used the opportunity to appease the crowd.

Given how this week has gone so far, something tells me this could end up backfiring rather quickly…..

 

QLE Posted: January 18, 2020 at 01:08 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, jason varitek, managerial search, red sox

 

 

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