Saturday, November 12, 2011
Sandy Alomar Jr. happy with interviews
Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. doesn't know if he'll be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs or the Boston Red Sox. But he threw all of himself into both opportunities this past week.
"I felt positive about both interviews," Alomar said on ESPN 1000's "Talkin' Baseball" on Saturday. "I think that they try not to hint what are they looking for. They ask you so many different questions. All I got to do is just be myself. Regardless of what they are thinking, I'm just going to give you what I know."
Alomar went through Chicago's process of speaking with the front office and the media on Friday after interviewing in Boston on Wednesday. Alomar said that the Cubs' session, led by president Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and senior vice president/scouting and player development Jason McLeod, was particularly rigorous.
"They both were thorough interviews. I felt like Boston's were a little longer. They spaced everything out," Alomar said. "Here with the Cubs it was pretty much everything ... the three gentleman [were] in there and they bombard you with different questions, different angles from one style of play to the next or from lineup making to video evaluating and moves. Many different things all at once to see how your mind reacts in a short period of time and what decisions you make and if you are in place with the right ones."
But the Cubs and Red Sox weren't the only ones with questions. Both teams took Alomar's queries about their future plans for improving the clubs, and it appears Alomar thinks the Cubs have more work ahead of them than the Red Sox.
"[The teams] don't give you all the answers, but kind of like give you roughly plans and stuff like that," Alomar said. "The Chicago Cubs, really, they're going to restructure many things. It might take a few years, who knows? You never know in baseball. The Cleveland Indians, two years ago they had a tough year and last year we came back and bounced back very well. A lot had to do with the minor league system. We had a pretty solid minor league system and some of those players are in the big leagues right now. That's the key for the Chicago Cubs right now. They have to fix a little bit the system in the minor leagues.
"The Boston Red Sox, they're a team that, just like the Chicago Cubs, they have a lot of millions involved in the big leagues, but they are a team that they could be a couple of pitchers away from being in the World Series."
Alomar spent parts of 20 seasons catching in the majors. He was the 1990 AL Rookie of the Year and a six-time All-Star for the Indians. He has been the first-base coach in Cleveland for the past two seasons and was named bench coach for the 2012 season by manager Manny Acta.
The Cubs have also interviewed Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Milwaukee Brewers bench coach Dale Sveum and Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux. Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the Chicago Tribune that he is interested in the Cubs job, and Epstein has said a formal interview wouldn't be necessary, given the familiarity with Francona from their nine seasons working together in Boston.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.