Sox have yet to request interview for Sveum

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Sox have yet to request interview for Sveum

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

ARLINGTON, Texas -- According to Doug Melvin, the general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Brewers have yet to receive a request from the Red Sox to interview hitting coach Dale Sveum for Boston's managerial vacancy.

But Melvin left little doubt Sunday that Sveum would be a good choice and Sveum indicated an interest.

"I think Dale is qualified to manage," Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel prior to Game 1 of the NLCS Sunday. "He has ambitions to manage. They might be waiting to see if Theo Epstein is staying, too. I don't know.

"Sometimes you see the names, but the teams never ask permission. I'd give permission if they asked. He had permission last year to talk to Pittsburgh."

CSNNE.com reported Friday that Sveum is among a half-dozen or so candidates the Red Sox are interested in interviewing.

"I haven't heard anything about the Red Sox' interest," Sveum told the newspaper. "I'd have interest in managing anywhere. Whether it pans out or not, who knows? I don't know if I'm on their list or not."

The Brewers are playing St. Louis for the National League pennant and that's where Sveum's focus is fixed.

"I don't even want to get into that now," said Sveum of his own future.

Sveum spent two seasons as the Red Sox third base coach in 2004-2005. He managed Pittsburgh's Double-A team for three seasons from 2001-2003 and served as the Brewers' interim manager for 12 games at the end of the 2008 season when Ned Yost was fired.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam.

Report: Trump won't throw out first pitch

Report: Trump won't throw out first pitch

One White House tradition will have to wait, if it’s in fact maintained.

President Donald Trump is not going to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals this season, according to the Washington Post.

Post reporter Barry Svrugula wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the White House declined an invitation from the Nats.

POLITICO reported early Tuesday morning that Trump was in talks to throw out the first pitch and that it was also possible he could spend an inning in the MASN booth.

President William Howard Taft began the custom of U.S. presidents throwing out a first pitch on April 14, 1910, at National Stadium in D.C.

According to The Week:

“Since Taft, every president not named Jimmy Carter has thrown out at least one Opening Day first pitch. The executive guests of honor followed in Taft's hefty footsteps, throwing the first ball from the stands, until the late 1980s when Ronald Reagan sauntered onto the mound and improved upon the tradition."

The most famous presidential pitch in recent memory is George W. Bush’s toss during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

The Nats open their season on Monday at home in Washington D.C., in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins. A Nationals Magic 8 Ball is to be given away to the first 20,000 fans.

The Red Sox happen to play the Nats in a pair of exhibitions right before the season, on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is at the Nats’ home park in D.C. Saturday’s game is to be played in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon...who's the starting catcher?

Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon...who's the starting catcher?

Evan Drellich talks with Toucher and Rich about who the starting catcher will be and should be for the Red Sox. Christian Vazquez appears to be all the way back from Tommy John surgery. Can he hit?