Alomar Jr. optimistic about a managing job
CHICAGO -- Cleveland Indians bench coach and Chicago resident Sandy Alomar Jr. said Friday he is hopeful, but he isn’t worried whether he’ll get a chance to be a major league manager.
Alomar Jr. was interviewed for the Chicago Cubs’ managerial opening in the offseason but was passed over for Dale Sveum. He also interviewed for the Boston Red Sox’s opening.
“I don’t think about it really,” Alomar Jr. said prior to Friday’s game with the Chicago White Sox. “I don’t know. I just coach, do my job, do what’s on the plate. I’m not focusing on who is going to give me an interview. I’m not knocking on anyone’s door. I just do my job and if people call I’m welcome to do interviews and stuff like that, but I don’t think about it at all.”
Alomar Jr. believes he’s put together a résumé as a player and coach that would allow him to be a capable manager. After retiring in 2007, he was the New York Mets’ catching instructor for two seasons, spent two years as the Indians’ first-base coach and was made Indians manager Manny Acta’s bench coach this season.
“I feel like I have done my part,” Alomar Jr. said. “I didn’t do the other route. A lot of people go to the minor leagues and manage. I was given an opportunity to be in the bullpen with the Mets, and I went that route. I learned a tremendous amount about pitching from the bullpen and the personalities you have to deal with, the characters.
“Then I came here to Cleveland and was the first base coach for two years and now on the bench. The steps are there. It’s just a matter of somebody to have confidence in me and somebody that hasn’t managed in the major leagues at all to be given an opportunity like that.”
Alomar Jr. was rumored to be a candidate for the White Sox’s manager opening, but he said he never had discussions with the organization. He also believed the White Sox made a smart choice in Robin Ventura.
“The only team I interviewed was with the Chicago Cubs here,” Alomar Jr. said. “The media hyped it up with the White Sox, but I never received a call. I think they made a great choice. Robin Ventura has done a great job. Robin was here for a long time and was very familiar with the organization.”
Alomar Jr. does especially enjoy the Indians’ trips to play the White Sox because Chicago is his year-round home. He has made Chicago his permanent residence since he first played for the White Sox in 2001. His wife, Margred, is also originally from Chicago. They now live in the Bucktown neighborhood of the city.
“My wife is from here, a Puerto Rican girl who grew up here in Chicago,” Alomar Jr. said. “When I signed with the White Sox, I stayed here. I enjoy the city. People are here are very friendly. It’s a great town. I’ve stayed here ever since. It’s probably the best city in the world.”