First managerial interviews for Red Sox revealed

Rob Bradford of weei.com is reporting this morning that Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum will be the first two managerial candidates to interview with the Sox’ front office.  I love one of these guys and am not at all enamored with the other one.

Mackanin, 60, has been Charlie Manuel’s bench coach in Philadelphia for the past three seasons.  He has become interim manager on two different occasions, with the Pirates in 2005 and the Reds in 2007.  He also held the bench coach position with the Pirates from 2003-2005.  He is similar to Charlie Manuel in temperament and style, which I am not too sure would fit in well into the clubhouse culture of the current Red Sox team.  I think he is a respected name that warranted an interview but ultimately he doesn’t seem like one of the stronger candidates for the job.

Sveum on the other hand is an interesting prospect.  He was hired for his first big league coaching position by former teammate Terry Francona in 2004 when he was named 3rd base coach of the Red Sox.  He spent two years with the Sox before leaving to go back to his hometown team, the Brewers in 2006 as bench coach for manager Ned Yost.  He went back to 3rd base coach at the start of the 2008 season but was named interim manager when Yost was fired.  When Ken Macha was hired for the 2009 season he retained Sveum as the hitting coach.  Sveum has been the hitting coach for the last three seasons, including this season’s NL Central winning club led by new manager Ron Roenicke.  He is exactly the type of hard-nosed high energy guy that the Sox could use in the clubhouse.  He has a reputation for being a good in-game strategist as well.

Bradford said that more interviews would take place later in the week.

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