The Red Sox [team stats] can cross one ain’t-gonna-happen name off their managerial search list: Joe Torre.
The former Yankees skipper held court with reporters before the Detroit Tigers beat New York, 3-0, in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series yesterday, and contrary to a report stating he wanted to get back into the game and could end up a candidate in Boston, Torre said he has no plans to manage.
“I don’t know where that came from,” Torre said. “Certainly not my camp.”
The Sox do have other plans for their open position. They interviewed Tim Wallach last Friday and have scheduled an interview with ex-big league catcher Brad Ausmus later this week. In addition, according to a report on WEEI.com, the Sox will interview Yankees bench coach and ex-Red Sox catcher Tony Pena Jr. today and Orioles third base coach and ex-Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale later this week.
I'm with you, Joe. I have no idea where that came from. Joel Sherman probably started a rumor in New York.
Even if there were talks about Torre, it would probably be in the Sox best interest to pass him up. Torre's day is long gone and there are far better options. Even with all of the options, the Red Sox are still placing John Farrell at the top of the list. I understand that they believe he is a good fit, but keep it quiet and look interested in other candidates to try to fake the Jays out.
Brad Ausmus will be interviewing with the Sox tomorrow and DeMarlo Hale will be in on Thursday. There are no other announced interviews after Hale, though it would be best for the Sox to load up the schedule for next week to make it look like the interest in Farrell is diminishing.
On Page 2...At least ticket prices won't go up
The Red Sox announced this afternoon that ticket prices at Fenway Park -- already the highest in the majors -- will not go up for 2013.
Given that the team finished in last place at 69-93, raising prices would have been a public relations disaster.
The freeze applies to season tickets and individual game sales. The Red Sox have not raised prices since 2011.
"It was abundantly clear this year that we should hold the line on ticket prices," team president Larry Lucchino said in a statement. "Over the past few years, we have fallen short of our goals to play postseason baseball. Through it all, fans have shown their deep loyalty and support, for which we are all grateful. Our commitment to winning is as strong as it has ever been, and we look forward to the challenge of bringing our fans the winning and entertaining baseball team they richly deserve."
Well, thank you, Red Sox ownership. How nice of you to do that for us. To add to their generosity, they have kept the prices to spring training games the same as 2012.
The Red Sox have done it! They have brought Red Sox fans back by freezing ticket prices. We will all be clicking our refresh buttons in February to get our $150 tickets so we can watch unpredictable baseball as we sip our $9 beers.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Sox will not raise ticket prices | Red Sox keep ticket prices unchanged for 2013 | Fenway ticket prices to stay put | Sox could use Leyland's tact | ESPN Boston: Red Sox freeze ticket prices for 2013 | Projo: Red Sox announce ticket price freeze