Red Sox to begin managerial interviews

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Red Sox to begin managerial interviews

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.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.