Mattingly endorses Wallach as managerial candidate

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Mattingly endorses Wallach as managerial candidate

BOSTON When Don Mattingly was named manager of the Dodgers at the end of the 2010 season, he had no prior major league managerial experience. But he had been a big league coach for seven seasons under Joe Torre -- whom he replaced in Los Angeles -- first with the Yankees as hitting coach, later as a bench coach, and then as the Dodgers hitting coach.

Now theres a possibility he could lose one of his own coaches -- Tim Wallach, who was the first candidate interviewed by the Red Sox to replace Bobby Valentine. As was the case when Mattingly got the Dodgers job, Wallach has no major league managerial experience.

Mattingly doesn't think that will keep him from being a good big-league manager, though.

"Tim Wallach is a solid baseball guy with great communication skills, Mattingly told Mike Shalin, the author of Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly.

He has a great baseball mind that never seems to be surprised by any situation. He knows what it takes and knows how the game is supposed to be played, with a keen understanding of the length of a season and the temperament to lead during the course of a long season."

Wallach, who turned 55 in September, is currently the Dodgers third base coach, a job he has held the last two seasons. He played parts of 17 seasons with the Expos, Dodgers, and Angels, before retiring after the 1996 season. He began coaching in the Dodgers organization the next season, and managed their Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes in 2009 and 2010, before taking the Dodgers third base job in 2011. He also managed at the Single-A level in the organization.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.