Sox have yet to request interview for Sveum


Sox have yet to request interview for Sveum

By Sean McAdam 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." 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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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.