Lamont still interested in Red Sox managing job


Lamont still interested in Red Sox managing job

NEW YORK -- Gene Lamont was the "other'' finalist last offseason when the Red Sox went looking for a manager. The Sox, of course, ended up choosing Bobby Valentine.

With Valentine fired earlier this month, the Sox are hunting for another manager.

Would the Detroit Tigers third-base coach be interested should the Red Sox come calling a second time?

"Sure," said Lamont when asked before the start of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday. "I'd like to manage again.''

Lamont said he has yet to hear from the Red Sox, who have interviewed Tim Wallach already and plan to meet with Brad Ausmus this week.

An industry source said the Red Sox have brought up Lamont's name in internal discussions but, for now, have not decided to interview him.

Lamont, who managed both Chicago (from 1992 through '95, with a record of 258-210 including an A.L. Central Division championship in '93) and Pittsburgh (from 1997 through 2000, with a record of 295-352), was waiting to hear who would be hired last December when media reports circulated that Valentine would be the team's choice.

But Lamont said there were no hard feelings over not being told of the decision first-hand, noting that a Red Sox official later explained the situation.

"If they call again, that would be great,'' said Lamont. "If not, I like the job I have.''