The Boston Red Sox confirmed the next three candidates to interview for their managerial vacancy, announcing Tuesday that Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo and Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont would all come through Fenway before the end of the week.
Alomar, who sources told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine will interview with the Cubs later this week, is first up Wednesday, with Lovullo (Friday) and Lamont (Saturday) getting their shots later in the week. On Monday, Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux withdrew his name from consideration, citing family reasons.
The 45-year-old Alomar recently completed his second season coaching first base for Cleveland manager Manny Acta. He was promoted to bench coach on the final day of the season by Acta when Tim Tolman stepped down because of Parkinson's Disease.
Alomar played 20 seasons in the majors (1988-2007) for seven teams as a catcher. He spent most of his career in Cleveland, but he also had stops with the Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Rangers.
Lovullo just completed his first season as first base coach with the Blue Jays under former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, who took Lovullo along with him to Toronto when he left Boston after the 2010 season. Lovullo, 46, managed the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in 2010 after eight years managing in the Indians organization.
In parts of eight seasons in the majors as an infielder, Lovullo hit .224 with 15 career homers in 303 games.
Lamont is the only one among the three to have major league managerial experience. The 64-year-old managed the White Sox from 1992-95 and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1997-2000. He has been the Tigers' third base coach since 2005.
Lamont's best season as a skipper came in 1993, when he led the White Sox to a division crown and a 94-68 record. He was named AL Manager of the Year. He had the White Sox in first place at 67-46 the following season, but the baseball strike cut short what might have been. He was fired after starting the 1995 season 11-20.
Lamont led a young Pirates team to a surprising second-place finish in 1997, his first season in Pittsburgh. He finished second in NL Manager of the Year voting that season. His final three seasons in Pittsburgh didn't turn out as well, and he was fired after losing 93 games in 2000
Lamont had a brief stint in the majors as a catcher, playing a total of 87 games for the Tigers between 1970-75.
In his first year, Lamont finished second with a young, inexperienced team that was widely predicted to finish last. His team often upset many NL teams vying for playoff spots. He came in 2nd place in the manager of the year voting behind Dusty Baker of the San Francisco Giants.
Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum have already been interviewed for the Red Sox managerial position.