Sveum finalist for Sox, Cubs managerial position

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Sveum finalist for Sox, Cubs managerial position

MILWAUKEE -- Dale Sveum has every reason to believe that he's a finalist for both the Red Sox and Cubs' managerial openings. Now, all he can do is wait.

"To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by one team is great," said Sveum hours after he finished his second interview with the Red Sox here. "To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by two, and two of the greatest franchises in the game. is unbelievable.

"Nothing has been discussed beyond the interview process. It's kind of a stalemate now. The process is finished; it's just the decision-making process now. We'll wait and see."

Asked if he already considered that he might have to choose between the two clubs, Sveum said: "Yeah, I think you have to. It's a reality. But I'm kind of putting that off for now until I have to. I've got enough on my mind.''

Sveum met briefly with Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein Tuesday night while here, before having lunch with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino Wednesday afternoon.

"It went well," said Sveum of the Boston meetings. "We went through more of the interview process. It was nothing that wasn't discussed last week (when Sveum came to Boston for his first interview). It was more of a greeting and a talk than an interview. We just sat down and had lunch and talked baseball. It was nothing formal."

The Red Sox have said they intend to bring back another candidate for a second interview, but haven't made any announcements. Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, contacted late Wednesday afternoon, said he had yet to hear back from the Sox.

Sveum said he hasn't been told about a timetable from either the Red Sox and Cubs, beyond the fact that the Sox have said they would prefer to have a manager in place before Thanksgiving.

Werner told reporters: "We're going to continue the discussions Hopefully, we'll come to some conclusion in the near future."

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.