Red Sox to interview Lamont, Lovullo

Red Sox to interview Lamont, Lovullo
November 8, 2011, 10:45 pm
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The Red Sox Tuesday added two names to their list of managerial candidates -- both with previous ties to the organization.

Torey Lovullo, who managed the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2010 before leaving to join John Farrell's coaching staff with the Toronto Blue Jays, will interview for the Red Sox' managerial vacancy Friday.

On Saturday, the Red Sox will interview Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, who was a Red Sox coach in 2001.

Lovullo was highly thought of when he managed one season in Pawtucket. He had previously managed at Single A, Double A and Triple A for the Cleveland Indians' organization.

He spent parts of eight seasons in the big leagues with seven different organizations before ending his playing career in Japan.

Lovullo played for Cleveland in 1998, when Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington worked for the Indians.

He was later interviewed three times for major league managerial openings in Los Angeles (after 2005), Pittsburgh (after 2006) and Cleveland (after the 2009 season).

Lovullo's interview was first reported by the Boston Globe.

Lamont's inclusion is something of a surprise, as his name hadn't previously surfaced as a potential candidate. Also, Lamont hasn't managed in the major leagues since 2000, when he was fired by the Pittsburgh Pirates after four seasons. Previously, Lamont had managed the Chicago White Sox for parts of four seasons from 1992-1995.

He later served as third base coach for the Red Sox under manager Jimy Williams, then joined Williams's staff in Houston from 2002 through 2004. After a year spent managing at Triple A for Philadelphia in 2005, Lamont has been Jim Leyland's third base coach for the last seasons with the Tigers.

Lamont, who will turn 65 on Christmas Day, will be the oldest candidate to interview with the Sox.

Lovullo will become the fourth candidate interviewed for the post. Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Milwaukee Brewers hitting instructor Dale Sveum were interviewed at Fenway last week and Sandy Alomar Jr. is due to be interviewed Wednesday.

Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux withdrew from a scheduled Tuesday interview on Monday, citing personal and family reasons.