Boston Red Sox: DeMarlo Hale

Hale latest to interview, but who's the fave?

October, 18, 2012
DeMarlo HaleJ. Meric/Getty ImagesDeMarlo Hale interviewed Thursday for the Red Sox manager job, the fourth candidate to do so.
BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington & Co. have interviewed four candidates for the club's vacant managerial position. Now it's time to regroup, assess and determine its next step.

A team source said management and ownership would meet Friday to evaluate the current situation.


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Even though the Red Sox have interviewed Los Angeles Dodgers coach Tim Wallach, New York Yankees coach Tony Pena, San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus and Baltimore Orioles third-base coach DeMarlo Hale, current Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell remains in the mix. Though both the Jays and Sox have kept it quiet, it's safe to assume they've begun compensation talks for the former Red Sox pitching coach.

The same team source said there was nothing new to report on Farrell, but the Red Sox were "impressed with all of the candidates interviewed" at this point.

It's no secret the Red Sox have longed to have Farrell as their manager in Boston. He was once thought to be the guy to eventually replace Terry Francona. In a roundabout way that could still happen, as the Red Sox and Blue Jays attempt to figure out compensation.

A baseball source told's Gordon Edes that Ausmus made an impressive presentation Wednesday, but said there has been no discussion of teaming Ausmus with Farrell.

The Red Sox attempted to acquire Farrell a year ago, but they weren't willing to surrender to Toronto's asking price of what was rumored to be pitchers Clay Buchholz and/or Daniel Bard. If the sides end up in a stalemate again this time, Boston's Plan B could be to select from one of the four the team has already interviewed.

Cherington is up front and honest. So, it wouldn't be a surprise if he has told the current candidates Plans A and B.

So who's it going to be? For now, mum's the official word. Your guess is as good as anyone's at the point.

But things could change relatively quickly, so stay tuned ...

Farrell still looms in Sox manager search

October, 18, 2012
[+] EnlargeDeMarlo Hale and Terry Francona
Michael Zagaris/Getty ImagesDeMarlo Hale, shown here with then-Boston manager Terry Francona in 2011, is next up to interview for Sox skipper.
BOSTON -- Thursday marks two weeks since the Boston Red Sox fired Bobby Valentine as manager. By the end of the day, they will have completed interviews with four candidates to replace him, with former Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale getting an opportunity Thursday that was denied him last season when Terry Francona was fired.

No other candidates have been announced, although -- in a marked departure from other managerial searches conducted since John W. Henry became owner -- the Sox have opted for much less transparency this go-round, doing away with the media sessions that had served a dual purpose in the past. The media were given access to the candidates, and the ballclub evaluated the candidates on the way they interacted with the media.

But the question hanging over the process is whether the Red Sox will proceed with a plan to pursue Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell. The Sox would be required to obtain the Blue Jays' permission to interview the former Red Sox pitching coach and most likely would have to negotiate a compensation package to hire him.

According to an industry source with knowledge of the team's search, Sox majority owner John W. Henry reached out last Friday to Blue Jays CEO Paul Beeston, although no officials from either club, including Henry, would confirm that conversations have taken place. A baseball source said that Farrell, who is entering the final season of a three-year deal with the Blue Jays, has not been told by the Jays that there have been discussions with the Sox.

The interviews already held may merely represent a contingency plan in the event negotiations for Farrell fail. The other possibility, however, holds out much greater hope for the candidates already in play, that the Sox are trying to determine whether there is another candidate who might trump Farrell in their esteem.

The Sox would appear to have reached the point in their search in which a decision must be made on Farrell. The GM meetings are scheduled to begin in three weeks, and it would seem that both the Sox and Jays would want some clarity by then on who their managers will be next season.

None of the four candidates interviewed by Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and his baseball operations staff -- Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus, and Orioles third-base coach Hale -- were brought in during the team's managerial search last winter.

Only Pena has managed in the big leagues before, and in his case, that may not be a clear-cut advantage, given the way his three-year run with the Kansas City Royals went: He won AL Manager of the Year his first season, lost 104 games the second, then quit in early May of the third.

All have interviewed previously for big league jobs. Hale has the deepest resume, with multiple stints as minor league manager and big league coach. Wallach has also managed on the minor league level and coached on the big league level. Ausmus has neither managed nor coached.

Wallach and Pena, both 55, are the oldest of the four candidates (Pena is a couple of months older). Hale is 51. Ausmus, at 43, is the youngest.

Wallach, Pena and Ausmus all enjoyed long playing careers in the big leagues. Wallach, who retired at age 38, played in 2,212 games and was a five-time All-Star. Pena, who retired at age 40, played in 1,988 games and also was a five-time All-Star. Ausmus, who retired at age 41, played in 1,971 games and was named an All-Star once. Hale never played in the big leagues.

Three of the candidates have ties to the Red Sox or club officials. Hale played, managed and coached in the Red Sox system. Pena played four seasons for the Sox, and his son played for Triple-A Pawtucket. Ausmus, a native of New Haven, Conn., with a degree in government from Dartmouth, broke into the big leagues with the San Diego Padres, when Sox chairman Tom Werner owned the club, and continued while Sox CEO Larry Lucchino held the same position with the Padres.

Only Wallach has no obvious ties to the Red Sox or the team's current management, although he was a former teammate of Francona when they played together in Montreal.

All four candidates appear to offer a stark contrast in style to Valentine, certainly in terms of personality, temperament and ways in which they interact with players. Whether that translates into greater success remains to be seen, although in dismissing Valentine after just one season, the Sox are betting heavily that is the case.

DeMarlo Hale doesn't make Mets' cut

November, 16, 2010
ORLANDO -- DeMarlo Hale was not invited back for a second round of interviews for the Mets' manager job, which means he should be returning to the Red Sox as Terry Francona’s bench coach.

With the exception of pitching coach John Farrell, who was hired to manage the Toronto Blue Jays, the rest of the Sox coaching staff will be back, pending an official announcement by GM Theo Epstein. That includes first-base coach Ron Johnson, who left the team during last season after his 11-year-old daughter was involved in a serious accident.

Hitting coach Dave Magadan, third-base coach Tim Bogar and bullpen coach Gary Tuck will be back. Curt Young replaces Farrell as pitching coach.

Farrell, Hale, Lovullo likely to be wooed

October, 3, 2010
BOSTON -- With as many as nine managing openings looming this winter, Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell could find himself in demand. And Farrell, who in the past has turned down opportunities to interview for jobs in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, among others, said he is willing to listen.

“For sure,’’ he said after the Sox closed out the regular season Sunday.

Farrell said teams have not yet sought permission to interview him.

“We just ended an hour ago,’’ Farrell said. “How that ends, we’ll see. Time will tell.’’

Farrell, the Sox pitching coach for the last four seasons, has mentored two of the best young pitchers in baseball in Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, and also has overseen the development of closer Jonathan Papelbon and setup man Daniel Bard. He also played a key role in Daisuke Matsuzaka’s transition from Japan, which paid big dividends in Matsuzaka’s first two seasons.

There are some choice managing jobs open or expected to open this winter, including the Chicago Cubs, the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Other openings could include Seattle, Toronto, Arizona, Florida, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.

Farrell, 48, acknowledged the attractiveness of some of those jobs.

“Sure,’’ he said, “[but] I don’t take lightly the fortune and opportunity of being here. All those things are weighed very heavily.’’

Farrell also said there is nothing contractually in his deal with the Red Sox that would prevent him from pursuing another job.

Two other Red Sox staffers are almost certain to be candidates as well. DeMarlo Hale, who finished his first season as Sox bench coach after spending the previous four seasons coaching third base, has interviewed for a number of jobs. That includes the Sox job before Terry Francona was hired. Last week in Chicago, Hale, 49, reiterated his desire to manage.

A native of Chicago, he smiled at the possibility of being a candidate for the Cubs’ job, but said he wasn’t going to get ahead of himself. He noted, though, that having spent a year as Sox bench coach, the same position from which Brad Mills vaulted to the Astros’ managing job last winter, he has an even greater feel for the game.

"Seeing the things that I think you have to deal with on a daily basis, I got to see it firsthand from a bench coach perspective," Hale said. "When I coached third base, I found myself more on an island over the last four years. Really, nobody could help me out there. It was my preparation, my decision.

"But this year, being in the dugout, communication with Tito and John Farrell from a pitching [standpoint], it's experience, you gain more experience. You see the game in a different view. You have to be conscious of a lot of things that might take place. Availability of pitchers, who's hurt, who's not. Some of those things you don't see at third base."

Torey Lovullo, who just finished his first season as manager of Triple-A Pawtucket, also is expected to attract interest. Lovullo, 45, was a finalist for the Indians’ job before Cleveland hired Manny Acta last winter and is highly regarded.

Sox general manager Theo Epstein, when asked Sunday about the status of the big-league coaching staff for next season, said he intended to sit down with Francona in the next couple of days to determine whether there will be any changes. First-base coach Ron Johnson missed much of the second half to deal with an accident involving his daughter, while third-base coach Tim Bogar had some trying moments in his first season at that position.

Johnson gets the boot

June, 2, 2010
BOSTON – Red Sox first-base coach Ron Johnson is sort of out of uniform tonight.

He’s been dealing with tendinitis in left Achilles heel and the pain became so bad that he was having trouble putting any pressure on it, so he finally had a team doctor look at it. Johnson, 54, was given a mobile cast to wear until it heals. After spending 18 seasons as a minor-league manager, this is his first big-league job, so he’s been reluctant to let the injury interfere with his duties.

Last weekend Red Sox third-base coach Tim Bogar returned home to Illinois for his son’s high school graduation and there was some thought to move Johnson across the diamond. But because of his mobility issues, and the fact Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale served in that role for four seasons, manager Terry Francona decided to keep Johnson at first.

“It’s been killing him since the end of spring training,” said Francona. “He’s been very self-conscious about it and it was one of the reasons we couldn’t have him coach third the other night, because he hasn’t been moving very well.”

When Johnson emerged from the dugout to shag balls during early batting practice Wednesday, it was clear he was moving better with the aid of the walking cast. Francona told Johnson that if the boot helped his mobility, he had no problem letting him wear it on the field. There’s no uniform rule against it.

“It’s not like he looks that great anyway,” Francona said jokingly. “I know he’s been struggling and I know it’s been bothering him, so if [the boot] helps him it’s fine with me. He’s really been uncomfortable physically. Saying that, I think he’s been uncomfortable physically since 1974. But I know it’s been bothering him and I know it hurts.”

Hale back coaching third

May, 29, 2010
BOSTON -- Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale will coach third base tonight while Tim Bogar attends his son's graduation from Normal Community High School in Normal, Ill.

Hale served as the Sox's third-base coach for the last four seasons until being named bench coach during the offseason.

Bogar is expected to be back in time for Sunday's game.