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October 19, 2011

Red Sox could have a surprise up their sleeve

A lesson learned from when the Chicago White Sox recently hired ex-player Robin Ventura as their new manager.

When it comes to a team's search for a new manager, sometimes, you just never know.

Ventura never was reported as even a potential candidate. Meanwhile, several reports had Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez as the favorite for the White Sox job.

Come to find out, Martinez didn't even get an interview.

So, let's keep this in mind when discussing the open Red Sox managerial position, especially with the GM situation still unresolved.

There are several names floating around as Red Sox managerial candidates, such as Martinez, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Tim Wallach.

Several reports have the Red Sox likely going after someone with no big league managerial experience. And with Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino likely garnering more power and influence after Theo Epstein's departure, it remains highly unlikely that an extremely experienced, veteran manager such as a Tony La Russa

But who knows, really. No interviews even will be conducted until Boston has its new general manager in place.

Still, it is fun to explore some of the known managerial candidates. So let's do it:

1. Pete Mackanin: He has been the Phillies bench coach and manager Charlie Manuel's right-hand man since November 2008. He acted as the Pirates interim manager for 26 games in 2005, going 12-14, and as the Reds interim manager for 80 games in 2007, going 41-39. He also has worked as a professional scout and managed in the minor leagues for 13 seasons, posting 917 wins and earning The Sporting News 1995 Minor League Manager of the Year.

At 60 years old, having been a professional coach/manager for more than 20 years, he has been around baseball for a while.

Still, he only has managed 106 major league games and because of the Sox clubhouse misbehavior, Boston might be better off with someone with more managerial experience who is known for being a disciplinarian and an intimidating figure.

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