BOSTON -- The final round of interviews for the Red Sox' managerial opening is now -- we think -- concluded. Gene Lamont met with Ben Cherington Saturday, closing out a list of five candidates.
Cherington said he hopes to narrow the field and talk to the finalists next week at the GM meetings in Milwaukee, with the goal of making a hire by Thanksgiving.
"All five guys, I could envision being the manager of the Boston Red Sox,'' Cherington said. "We've got to pick the right one.''
Lamont, who turns 65 on Christmas Day, is the only one of the candidates who has had a full-time managing job. He managed the Chicago White Sox from 1992-95 and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1997-2000.
Lamont was the Red Sox third-base coach in 2001, when Jimy Williams was fired. Cherington said he didn't have much interaction with Lamont back then, but he was pleasantly surprised with how well they hit it off on Saturday.
"He has a strong voice. He's confident in his opinion,'' Cherington said. "All the things he's done give him a strong voice.''
Lamont was added to Boston's short list when Cherington said he wanted to have at least one candidate with major-league experience. Lamont, who has been the third-base coach for Detroit since 2006, said he would probably handle games like current Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
But he brings a very different personality than his current boss.
"If they think they're getting Jim Leyland here, they're not getting Jim Leyland," said Lamont."They're getting Gene Lamont. But I learned a lot from Jim."
"Lamont has a strong voice," Cherington said. "He's confident in his opinion. All the things he's done give him a strong voice.''