If Not Farrell, Then Who?
Now that John Farrell has come and gone, who may end up at the dugout steps for the Boston Red Sox making all the game-to-game decisions?
Here are some potential candidates for the job.
Alex Cora is one of the most talked about candidate for this newly opened position. Alex served as a shortstop for the Sox during the ‘06-’08 seasons with numerous appearances as a pinch-runner. Currently, the 41-year old is serving as the general manager for the Puerto Rican national baseball team, and the bench coach for the Houston Astros. The one downfall to this idea is that he has not had professional managerial experience, and could serve as a turn-off to the front-office.
This man was born for the job. Gary DiSarcina was born in Malden Massachusetts and has served as manager for Boston Red Sox affiliate teams, and served as a base coach on a national team. He managed the Lowell Spinners (Short Season A; NY-Penn League), the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) and served as the third base coach for Team Italy during the 2006 World Baseball Classic. During the four seasons in which he managed, his winning percent reached .559.
It was announced mid-season that the Detroit Tigers would not be re-signing Brad Ausmus for the 2018 season. This means that he is available one of the most probable to swipe this voided job in Boston. Ausmus, despite having two losing seasons with Detroit, had a pair of good seasons as well. His first season, he finished at the top of the AL Central and his third season the club finished in second. His career record as a manager (2014-17) is 314-322.
Geren served as a coach for the Oakland Athletics from 2003-06 before managing the same club from 2007-11. He finished his managing career with a 334-376 record. He is now serving as bench coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bob has some Boston roots in him as he served as the manager of the Red Sox rookie and Class-A levels from 1995-98.
Varitek is the least qualified person on this list. He has zero professional managerial and coaching experience in the majors. The main thing he has going for him is that he was a catcher, a captain, and is the special assistant to President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski.
Being a catcher would help in the fact that he would be able to read his pitchers well, and the “captain” title will give him instant respect from everyone in the clubhouse.