BOSTON -- The Red Sox' decision to bring in Gene Lamont -- at 65, the oldest of the candidates for manager and someone who hasn't managed in the big leagues for more than a decade -- surprised many.
"I wanted to include someone in the process who had done it," said Cherington. "We did a lot of work on a lot of people and got consistently good feedback on Gene from his previous stints in Chicago and Pittsburgh and certainly has been working with a really good manager Jim Leyland for a long time.
"He was here before as a coach (in 2001), he's a well-respected guy and had some success as a major-league manager. Based on that, we felt like he was the right experienced person to bring in and include in the process."