Alomar yet to hear from Sox as GM meetings begin


Alomar yet to hear from Sox as GM meetings begin

MILWAUKEE -- Even as the Red Sox begin to turn their attention to a roster makeover for 2012, they have some unfinished business as the general manager meetings get underway here at the Pfister Hotel.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, who is arriving later Monday night, seems to be honing in on a choice for his new manager.

Dale Sveum has already been told that he will get a second interview with the Red Sox and an opportunity to meet with principal owner John Henry and team chairman Tom Werner Wednesday.

Henry and Werner are due here Wednesday, when the meetings morph from GMs to owners. None of the candidates interviewed in the first round met with Henry or Werner in person, though they all spoke with team CEO Larry Lucchino.

Reached Monday afternoon, Sandy Alomar Jr. said he had yet to hear back from the Sox on a possible second interview. Alomar, like Sveum, is also a candidate for the Chicago Cubs' managerial opening.

Cherington has repeatedly said that he would prefer to have a manager in place by Thanksgiving, which falls on Nov. 24. That would seem to lead to the Sox making a decision by the end of the week, or on the weekend, with an introductory press conference early next week.

Doug Melvin, the Milwaukee Brewers general manager, has had Sveum on his staff for the past six seasons and believes Sveum is ready to manage.

"He's very conscientious," said Melvin. "He's very passionate about the game. He sees the game from different angles. He's been a hitting coach, a third-base coach, a bench coach . . . He's experienced in all those areas. Dealing with people, I think he'll be brutally honest. Dealing with players, I think he'll let them know what's expected of him.

"He's a competitor. He wants to win. He was on those Brewers' teams in the early '80s and they had that competitive spirit. Same with those Red Sox teams he coached."

Melvin installed Sveum as his interim manager at the end of the 2008 season, having him take over for Ned Yost with 12 games left on the schedule.

"People ask me why I didn't hire him (to become permanent manager)," said Melvin. "We just felt we wanted to go outside the organization and I'm not a big believer in making an interim guy the full-time guy. We wanted a different voice. But I think Dale has been through enough that he'd be ready to take over and do the job now."

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.