The notion that's arisen in the last day or two -- that general manager Ben Cherington is no longer in charge of the Red Sox managerial search -- couldn't be more wrong, according to the team's chief operating officer, Sam Kennedy.
"Absolutely. Yes, he is leading that process and he's been doing a great job," Kennedy said Friday afternoon to Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Felger & Mazz' show, which is simulcast on Comcast SportsNet.
Early in the process, Cherington identified five candidates -- Dale Sveum, Pete Mackanin, Sandy Alomar Jr., Gene Lamont and Torey Lovullo -- and said there were no others. But Bobby Valentine's name surfaced Thursday and now there are reports that others are also involved.
Kennedy, however, said Cherington was being "respectful" of candidates that he hadn't named.
"I think that Ben was probably being respectful of other people that may or may not be under contract elsewhere." said Kennedy, "I'm not going to get too much into the details of the process, other than to say that there are there other people out there, there are conversations going on, and don't be surprised if you see other names pop up from time to time.
"To be clear, Ben Cherington is leading this process. He came into this job, I think, more prepared than even I knew. I knew he was ready, but I've been incredibly impressed by how he's done so far."
Kennedy also explained a bit about the process of choosing a manager.
"I think there's a misperception out there about how things work," he said. "We have a very collaborative way of doing things over here . . . Larry Lucchino is the president and CEO of this ballclub. He's got responsibility for the business side and the baseball side. I report to Larry on the business side, Ben reports to Larry on the baseball side. That was the same structure we had when Theo Epstein was here.
"Owners John Henry and Tom Werner are involved in every major decision, but they have other business interests . . . They're involved in some of the day-to-day decisions of the ballclub, but not all of them. But, certainly, choosing the next manager of the Boston Red Sox is going to be a collaborative process . . .
"We're not in a rush, but we are committed to finding the right guy."