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Former Red Sox third base coach Dale Svuem appears to be the favorite to replace Terry Francona as Red Sox manager, “rival executives” told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.
Svuem was the third-base coach in 2004 and 2005, and while he is held in high regard by Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, his skills as a third base coach leave a lot to be desired. Still, partly under his watch, the Red Sox won it all in 2004.
The soon-to-be 48-year-old served as the interim manager for Milwaukee in 2008, leading them for the final 12 games and all through the playoffs. He served as the team’s hitting coach last season.
The Red Sox have already interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, and have received permission to interview Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr.
Maddux actually once pitched for the Red Sox (1995-1996), while Alomar had a very successful major league career as a catcher, playing the bulk of it with the Indians and White Sox.
The Cubs, n0w led by former Red Sox employees Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, are also interested Svuem, Mackanin, Maddux… and maybe even Tito for their managerial opening. No joke.