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Red Sox give Dale Sveum second interview

Posted on: November 13, 2011 7:03 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

The Red Sox will interview Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum a second time, Fox Sports reports.

Sveum is one of five finalists for the Red Sox job and is thought to be the most favored candidate. No other managerial candidate is known to have received a second interview, although that could change. Also in the running is Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr.,Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo and  Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.

Sveum will meet with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and ownership in Milwaukee on Tuesday, the first day of the GM meetings. The owner meetings follow later in the week.

It's possible Boston could hire Sveum by week's end, especially if it feels pressured by the Cubs. Chicago also has Sveum high on its list to be the next manager. Sveum's stiffest competition in Chicago looks to be Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux. Ex-Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who lost out on the Cardinals job to Mike Matheny, is not currently under consideration for the Cubs job, sources say.

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Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Red Sox give Dale Sveum second interview

yes slab, francona did coach the sox to two world series.  i respectfully disagree that a lot of managers would have had they been given a great team (look at the yankees).  when you get a team that has all the talent in the world, sometimes you need a manager that puts out fires well, and keeps superstars focused.  (see Phil Jackson in the NBA, who incidentally has only won coach of the year once in his 11 championship years).  In-game managers are great, but I'd rather have a world series title.  Plus managers aren't voted manager of the year because their team performed well.  Most of the winners of that award win it because expectations for their team were near the bottom and they overperformed.  Or their payroll was rock bottom and they still made the playoffs.  So if expectations are sky high for a team like the red sox (which they usually are) it would be near impossible for the manager to win that award.



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Red Sox give Dale Sveum second interview

Will he allow pretzles in the bullpen and clubhouse to go with the beer? Actually I feel bad for Sveum, he has to choose between the sCrubs and the Dead Schloks. It's like asking, "Do you want to be in a freight train wreck or a chemical plant fire?", "Should we remove your onions with a dull rusty butter knife or a blow torch?" In either case he's going to get dry Sanduskyed, but come on down; someone has got to Captain baseball's Titanic into the Yankee iceberg.


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Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:01 pm
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Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Red Sox give Dale Sveum second interview

well somewhat in his defense as far as the voting went, i do recall reading several times about how managers of teams with the bigger payrolls tended to have a tougher time when manager of the year came around. the thinking being "well he had all those high priced top players on the team- he's expected to do well." so if the team does do well then the manager is just fulfilling expectations. that's why no Yankees manager has gotten one since Torre's 114 win season back in 98 (ironically Jimy Williams won it for the Sox the following year for a second place squad) either. 

 it's more likely given to the manager of some team no one expected to do well that actually does so and makes the playoffs to the surprise of many- or performs well above expectations even if they don;t finish high in the standings (like Giradi in 06 finishing 4th with the Marlins) that manager will get it. which i'm perfectly fine with. figure if your team's payroll is averaging multiple times what the bottom squads are paying on payroll you should be in contention every year and so those high payroll team managers are hurt when it comes to manager of the year voting.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Red Sox give Dale Sveum second interview

i`d look under many more rocks before hiring the immortal Dale Sveum & his baseball IQ to get tortured by the Boston media. He`d get baptized by the brutal AL East & hometown media.  Not sure who his closer will be, but he has a tough act of Francoma to follow as far as 2 WS wins & many, many pitching changes.  Good luck, keep siftin through those resumes. 


SeanAvery4
Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:02 am
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Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:57 am
 

Red Sox give Dale Sveum second interview

Coaching third base and managing do not compute. They are apples and oranges. And Boston needs a very good third base coach so I guess we definitely don't want Sveum for that job. Managing is making decision before the fact. Third base is making a decision after the fact. Managing is basically understanding your pitching staff, unless you are going to rely totally on your pitching coach for pitching decisions. I would hope we get a manager who makes pitching decisions particularly in the 7th 8th and 9th depending upon what happened the inning before. It drives me nuts when a pitcher gets out all three batters he faces on 11-13 pitches and you bring in another pitcher to see if he can be as good. Or as if the closer has to pitch the ninth if the lead is three runs or less. Maybe the current pitcher should pitch to another batter or two before bringing in the closer, and always based upon what that pitcher did and how many pitches he needed to throw. And I know this would be too much to ask, but why do starters need to throw between starts at 11:15 AM? Why can't they throw the night of the game around the 7th or 8th inning and maybe pitch to a batter or two that game if warranted? You would think that way in the playoffs (if you had half a brain - or why wasn't CJ Wilson available in game 6 for at least one batter? - Just thought I would throw that in), or maybe even in a pivotal game late in September.  Well, are you telling me there are no pivotal games at any other time of year? Well, I think it could save a lot of wear and tear on the bullpen. But that would be managing like - well before expansion anyway.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:40 am
 

Red Sox give Dale Sveum second interview

Wowie Zowie, someone who thinks like me. Answer - Zip Zero Nada. Francona is very poor when push comes to shove. I knew he was going south when we lost the playoffs to TB and in G2 he sent Beckett back out (OK to send) but when he immediately gives up a hit to the LO batter, and you leave him in to give three runs right back, you don't know s from s about managing the game. People - you probably did at least until 2011.  I am beginning to think we won those two WS's inspite of him.



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:45 am
 

Red Sox give Dale Sveum second interview

Yes gob, he did coach them two to WS. A lot of managers would have had they been given those teams to work with. I still think he was a lousy in game manager espy with piitching decisions. An interesting tidbit, Francoma has never received even one first place vote for manager of the year. Baseball people cast those votes. How well do you think Oakland, Kansas or even Tampa would have fared with him at the helm?



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Red Sox give Dale Sveum second interview

I agree with eggslab's first point.  Sveum had a terrible reputation at third base.  His second point is ridiculous.  Terry Francona coached the Sox to two World Series Titles.  What in the world would you like to see from the man?  50+ year Sox fan or not, give it a rest.  No wonder Boston fans get a bad rep.


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