Already, the Red Sox’ managerial search has produced some raised eyebrows. After Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin interviews on Monday, the next man in the queue will be one whose name comes with a degree of infamy in Boston: Dale Sveum.
Sveum spent two years as the oft-scrutinized third base coach of the Red Sox in 2004-05 before departing for Milwaukee, where he spent the last six seasons as a third-base coach, bench coach, interim manager and hitting coach. As much as he was second-guessed while a third-base coach with the Sox, the question is natural: Why is he on the short list as new Boston GM Ben Cherington conducts his managerial search?
Interestingly, the very traits that put him under a microscope at times while a third base coach might represent assets as he is considered for the job of Red Sox manager. Sveum has experienced the scrutiny of Boston, yet was unfailingly accountable when runners he waved home got thrown out at the plate.
He put in the necessary preparation to make snap decisions -- studying outfielders’ throwing arms, assessing their throwing positions and the speed of his runners as well as the game situation -- and if he was wrong, he nonetheless had the courage of his convictions while explaining the thought process. He knows what it is like to make mistakes in the public eye in Boston and to live with them. Fear did not guide his decisions.
Well well well... interesting to see Sveum's name on Cherington's short list for manager. A quick breakdown...
Pros: Good work ethic, respected in clubhouses, accountability, not afraid to take risks, can take heat from Boston media
Cons: infamous in Boston (the fine folks at Sons of Sam Horn have a lovely wiki page on him.), will take one risk too many, won't get fair shake because of the previous two reasons.
People like risk takers... just not as a third base coach. He would take accountability for every risk he takes and he'll believe that it was the right move, maybe go and give us a quality Belichick "we just failed to execute" line every now and then. Is he the manager we want? Not exactly but he'll probably be the one we get.
The links: Globe:Mackanin, Sveum first up|Sox activate 2012 option for Scutaro|Herald:Ortiz, Papelbon file for free agency|CSNNE: Sox exercise Scutaro's option|Ortiz and Papelbon file for free agency|WEEI:Could Sox send for Sveum?|Eight Red Sox file for free agency