Red Sox to begin managerial interviews

Red Sox to begin managerial interviews
October 12, 2012, 3:27 am
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Though John Farrell remains the Red Sox' clear first choice as their next manager, there's no evidence to suggest that the team has made any headway toward securing permission to speak to him about the job from his present employers, the Toronto Blue Jays.
A baseball source Thursday said the Blue Jays had not given a sign that any progress had been made with the Sox. Another source said no discussion about the Red Sox has been held between Farrell and Blue Jays ownership.
Last fall, when the Red Sox first expressed interest in talking to Farrell about their last managerial opening, the Blue Jays said no lateral movement could take place between the clubs without compensation. Toronto eventually demanded Clay Buchholz in return, which the Red Sox summarily rejected.
Without any movement on Farrell, the Red Sox will begin interviewing other candidates for the vacancy.
Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach will be at Fenway Friday, to be followed early next week by former major league catcher Brad Ausmus.
Wallach has managed two seasons at Triple A before serving as manager Don Mattingly's third base coach the last two years. Wallach, ironically, is close friends with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona. The two were teammates while with the Montreal Expos and Francona had attempted to hire Wallach as his hitting coach years ago.
Ausmus has no traditional managerial experience, other than serving as the manager for Team Israel's bid to qualify for next spring's World Baseball Classic.
He fits the profile of other recently hired managers like Mike Matheny (St. Louis) and Robin Ventura (Chicago White Sox), who were were hired without any managerial experience. Ausmus is seen as highly intelligent with a firm grasp of pitching following an 18-year career as a catcher.
He has ties to New England, having grown up in Connecticut, attended Dartmouth and bought a house on Cape Cod.
It's worth noting that the Sox would have opened up the interview process whether they had secured permission to speak with Farrell or not, since Major League Baseball insists on teams speaking to multiple candidates if a hire is made outside the organization, and mandates the consideration of minority candidates.