Boston Red Sox Give Dale Sveum Second Interview for Manager Spot

Ben ArnoldContributor INovember 15, 2011

ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 27:  Johnny Damon #18 of the Boston Red Sox rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of game four of the World Series on October 27, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced Monday night that Dale Sveum would be getting a followup interview on Wednesday.

Dale Sveum is one of the finalists for the vacant managerial spot for the Red Sox. He is currently the hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers and a retired Major League ball player. 

He was the third base coach for the Boston Red Sox during the 2004-05 seasons working under Terry Francona. He was a part of the 'breaking of the curse' when the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series.

He has limited manager experience, but he does have some. He was the interim manager of the Milwaukee Brewers during the end of the 2008 season after Ned Yost was fired. Ken Marcha took over for the beginning of the 2009 season, but Sveum stayed on as the hitting coach.  

While he was managing, he compiled a .583 win percentage after going 7-5 over 12 games and finished 2nd in the NL Central securing the wild card spot. They would eventually lose in the NLDS.

Dale Sveum is not a big name. Not many people know who he is, let alone that he was part of the Red Sox in 2004-05. He is not the most exciting manager, but do the Red Sox really need a big name, exciting manager?  

Would that help cure the woes of the clubhouse?

What the Red Sox need is someone who can come in and demand respect of the team, someone who knows the in's and out's of the ball club and can get the team back on track. Ben Cherington and the Red Sox see this in him, otherwise, he would not be one of the two finalists for the job.

Dale may not have the best experience to be the manager, as he has only seen limited time in doing so. Many people may point to his over-aggressive third base coaching style that led to a lot of runners being thrown out, but Terry Francona wasn't the best coach with his tenure with the Philidelphia Phillies, nor was Joe Torre during his stint with the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves or St. Louis Cardinals.

Dale Sveum is a front-runner for a reason and he is looking to possibly be the next manager of the Boston Red Sox.