Coming off the franchise's worst season in nearly 50 years, the Boston Red Sox are leaving no stone unturned in the search for a new manager.
The Red Sox are conducting interviews with Tony Pena and DeMarlo Hale this week, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI Radio in Boston:
According to a major league source, the Red Sox will interview Yankees bench coach Tony Pena Monday for the team's vacant managerial post, with plans to interview Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale at some point this week.
Bradford also reports that the team conducted an interview with Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach last week and will meet with former big league catcher Brad Ausmus as well.
Pena and Hale are two interesting candidates, as they both played with the Red Sox during their professional careers.
Pena was the Kansas City Royals manager from 2002 to 2005, and in 2003, he led the team to its first winning season in a decade with an 83-79 record. The team was never able to build on that momentum, and Pena finished his tenure with a 66-129 mark the next two seasons before resigning early in 2005.
Hale was drafted by the Red Sox in 1983. After his playing career ended in 1988, he took coaching jobs in the minors before being named manager of the Red Sox's High Class-A Fort Lauderdale team in 1993. He spent nine years as a minor league manager.
He also worked on the Red Sox coaching staff from 2006 until the end of the Terry Francona era last year.
After the bitter taste left in everyone's mouth thanks to the Bobby Valentine "era," you can understand why the Red Sox are going to explore all their options. This appears to be a long, drawn-out process without a clear favorite right now.
That's probably a good thing for this franchise.