Hale, Pena added to Sox list of managerial candidates


Hale, Pena added to Sox list of managerial candidates

Add two more names to the list of candidates set to interview this week for the Red Sox managerial opening. And no, neither is named John Farrell.

The Red Sox interviewed New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena for the position Monday. Pena didn't travel with the rest of the Yankees to Detroit -- where the ALCS will resume with Game 3 Tuesday night -- and instead came to Boston to be interviewed.

Pena played for the Red Sox from 1990 through 1993, as part of an 18-year playing career. He managed the Kansas City Royals for parts of four seasons from 2002 through 2005.

In 2003, his first full year on the job, he led the Royals to an 83-79 record and won American League Manager of the Year honors. That season represents the only winning record the Royals have had in the last 18 seasons.

Pena also managed at Triple-A for the Houston organization for two seasons. Since 2006, Pena has been part of the Yankees coaching staff, with three years as the first base coachcatching instructor and the last four years as the team's bench coach.

Pena's inclusion on the list of candidate was first reported by WEEI.com.

Also, the team scheduled an interview with Baltimore Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale.

Brad Ausmus is scheduled to speak with the Red Sox Wednesday. Last Friday, the Sox began the interview process by meeting with Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach.

Hale left the Red Sox staff last fall in the wake of Terry Francona's firing and joined Buck Showalter's staff. He was not interviewed to be Francona's repalcement, with the organization apparently feeling it needed a clean break from Francona, though he was offered the chance to remain on the coaching staff.

He declined and instead went to Baltimore.

In all, Hale coached six seasons with the Red Sox -- the first four as third base coach and the last two as Francona's bench coach when Brad Mills left to manage Houston.

Hale also managed in the minors for both the Red Sox and Texas Rangers.

He was, ironically, a co-finalist with John Farrell for the Toronto Blue Jays' managerial position that eventually went to Farrell.

Farrell's role in this year's managerial picture is still unclear. Numerous Red Sox officials refused to comment on Farrell, refusing to say whether the Sox have been denied permission to speak with him, or even whether he is still under consideration.

Farrell has a year remaining on his three-year deal in Toronto. The Blue Jays demanded the Sox compensate them with pitcher Clay Buchholz last fall, ending the Sox' interest.

This time, with only a year remaining on his contract, it's believed the asking price would be less, though still significant.

One baseball executive not associated with either the Red Sox or Blue Jays, asked recently, what the Jays might demand in compensation, offered pitching prospect Matt Barnes as a guess, noting that while the former UConn pitching star wasn't one of the top two or three prospects in the Red Sox organization, he is thought to be part of the next tier of prospects.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.