Hale disappointed to be passed over by Red Sox

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Hale disappointed to be passed over by Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- DeMarlo Hale is the new third base coach for the Baltimore Orioles, reunited with manager Buck Showalter (for whom he worked in Texas) and general manager Dan Duquette (who hired him in the Red Sox organization), and he's happy for the opportunity.

But Hale can't help but think about what might have been when he wasn't considered for the Red Sox managerial opening over the winter.

Red Sox management evidently thought they needed a clean break with anyone associated with former manager Terry Francona, and as such, Hale wasn't part of the process.

"I tried to be objective,'' said Hale before his new team took on his former team Tuesday afternoon. "With the changes that were happening and how they felt, I just wanted them to realize that although I was on Tito's staff for six years, if they felt I was similar in voice, I'm not.

"We have different personalities. We have respect for this game. With the things he accomplished here, you can't say it wasn't productive. But I do think I'm my own man, too. I just got sense they linked me to Tito as having the same voice. That was a little disappointing.''

It was bad enough that the Red Sox went 7-20 in September, coughing up a 9 12 game wild card lead. But when stories surfaced about misbehavior in the clubhouse, Hale understood that the Sox would be looking to change the culture and that would eliminate him from consideration.

"I sensed that,'' said Hale. "And I also thought if I was going to interview, I didn't want to go in there with a strike against me. I wanted to think it was fair and this is who I am. But after it took its course, I started to realize that that was a decision they had made.''

With no guarantee that he would be invited back on a new manager's staff, Hale had permission to seek other jobs.

"You start to look at things and that (window) becomes very small,'' said Hale. "I just didn't want to find myself in a position where I didn't have anything.''

When Bobby Valentine was hired, he spoke with Hale and offered him a position on his staff. At the time, however, it was unclear what that position would be as the Red Sox sorted through openings and candidates.

"At the time I spoke to them,'' recalled Hale, "they really couldn't define my position. They were trying to put a few things together. It was important for me to know where I was going. It was December. I reached out to some people I knew in the game and the Orioles' situation started to get some legs.

"I keep going back to how uncomfortable (Hale returning) would have been for Bobby Valentine as a manager. I started to see that maybe that might not be the most comfortable situation. And that's understandable and respectful. I sat back and had some time to think about what would be best for me, and I thought (the Orioles) would be best for me.''

Meanwhile, the Orioles have had 14 straight losing seasons and have their work cut out for them in the ultra-competitive American League East.

"The mindset is, on paper, (we can't compete),'' said Hale. ''But you have to do it between the lines. You can identify talent and this and that, but you have to play between the lines. I see where we're projected, but I don't a lot of weight on that. I see how these guys go about things and it's very refreshing. (The other stuff) isn't important. It's about competing.''

McQuaid on going in the NHL expansion draft: ‘I hope that’s not the case for me’

McQuaid on going in the NHL expansion draft: ‘I hope that’s not the case for me’

BOSTON – With the NHL expansion draft looming a couple of months in the future, it became much more of a reality for the Bruins this week now that the 2016-17 season is in the books.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney said on Thursday that he expects the Bruins to go the 7 (forwards) 3 (defensemen) 1 (goaltender) route protecting their roster from the June 21 expansion draft. That will still leave some useful roster players unprotected.

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Atop that available expansion list for the Bruins will be potential names Malcolm Subban, Riley Nash, Jimmy Hayes and Adam McQuaid, who could be headed to Vegas. Asked about the topic at this week’s breakup day for the players, McQuaid expressed his hopes that he isn’t the one selected by the Vegas Golden Knights. The 30-year-old McQuaid stayed healthy enough to play in 77 games this season, and posted two goals and 10 points along with a plus-4 while serving in a top-four role pretty much all season as Torey Krug’s defensive partner.

McQuaid also brought the toughness and quiet leadership element with his willingness to always stand up for his teammates and go toe-to-toe with the toughest guys in the league when it was called for. His midseason heavyweight bout with Matt Martin was one of the most memorable moments of the season. It’s an element the Bruins would miss if he was taken in the expansion draft.  

“Well, I hope not. I never thought of it that way, to be honest with you. Obviously, the reality of the situation is they’re picking somebody from every team,” said McQuaid. “So, I hope that’s not the case for me. I’ve won here and I’ve always said how much I love it back here. I can’t imagine playing for another team. It’s totally out of my control, but hopefully that’s not the case.”

McQuaid is signed for $2.75 million for the next seasons and it was clear he was missed on the penalty kill once he went down injured in the first-round series against the Ottawa Senators. As for the entire expansion process, Sweeney said they are currently whittling down the protected list while required to protect Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and David Backes to start by virtue of the no-movement language in their contracts.

Other young players, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Frank Vatrano among others, don’t need to be protected either after completing this season with two years or less of pro hockey experience. One of the most difficult decisions will come down to protecting either 25-year-old Colin Miller or 28-year-old Kevan Miller as the third defensemen. 

Whichever one of those D-men is left unprotected would join McQuaid as the most likely player to be selected by Vegas GM George McPhee after he spent a decent amount of time scouting the Black and Gold this season to get an idea of which player he wanted.

Here’s our best guess at which players will end up being protected by the Bruins:

Forwards (7): Bergeron, Krejci, Backes, Pastrnak, Marchand, Beleskey and Spooner

Defensemen (3): Chara, Krug and Colin Miller

Goaltender (1): Rask 


 

Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Pick No. 199 in 2000 tried to provide a little inspiration to the next generation of NFL draftees before the first selection Thursday night. 

Remember: they can't measure heart. Whether you're picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, April 27, 2017