By Sean McAdam
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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.
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Never say never?
While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.
CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season.
For the full interview with Martinez, click here.
Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.
The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.
But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.
“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.
“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”
He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.
He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.
But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.
“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”