Sandy Alomar Jr interviews for Red Sox manager job

Ben Cherington was in his first year in a major league front

office – as an advance scout for the Cleveland Indians – when he

came across Sandy Alomar Jr.

”He didn’t know who I was, in ’98 with Cleveland,” said

Cherington, who is now the Red Sox general manager and leading the

search for a new manager in Boston. ”But I saw him in the

clubhouse – I was in the clubhouse all the time – and I saw the

leader he was back then, the respect he had in that clubhouse. I’ve

been sort of following him since then.”

It was that respect that led Cherington to add Alomar to the

short list of candidates interviewing to replace Terry Francona as

the Red Sox manager. Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Phillies

bench coach Pete Mackanin have already been in to discuss the job;

former Pirates and White Sox manager Gene Lamont and Blue Jays

first base coach Torey Lovullo are scheduled to come in later this


Cherington said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of

additional candidates.

Alomar, who spent parts of 20 seasons catching in the majors –

most notably as the 1990 AL Rookie of the Year and a six-time

All-Star for the Indians – has been the first base coach in

Cleveland for the past two seasons. He is the only candidate the

Red Sox have acknowledged who has no managerial experience.

”His name kept coming up as a guy with a ton of respect in

baseball,” Cherington said. ”We felt that, in spite of the lack

of managerial experience, it was worth getting to know him better.

… He’s going to be a major league manager. Whether that’s in 2012

or sometime after that, I’m very confident to say that he’ll be a

big league manager sometime.”

The Red Sox parted ways with Francona this fall after the team’s

unprecedented September collapse, the result of a 7-20 record down

the stretch that left them one game behind the Tampa Bay Rays in

the AL wild-card race. After allegations of players fattening up on

fried chicken and beer during games, each managerial candidate has

been grilled by reporters on his approach to clubhouse


”The goal for a manager is to let your players manage

themselves. In order to do that, you have to let the guys play,”

he said. ”I am a guy that lets the players play the game. You have

some rules, but you respect the players (and) they respect you


The 45-year-old Alomar also played for the Padres, White Sox,

Rockies, Rangers, Dodgers and Mets. He had a lifetime average of

.273 with 112 homers and 588 RBIs.

He said he has played for nine managers, all of whom reached the

postseason in their careers; six of them reached the World Series,

and two of them won it. His father, Sandy Alomar Sr., spent 15

seasons in the majors as a second baseman, and his brother,

Roberto, is in the Hall of Fame.

So it’s no surprise that when asked to describe his managerial

style, he said, ”I like the family atmosphere.”

”We are a family. We bonded – coaches, players,” he said.

”That’s the way I would handle it.”