Tim Wallach 2010 ALB

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According to the Boston Globe, on Friday the Red Sox interviewed Tim Wallach for the managerial opening, and will interview Brad Ausmus early next week. Let’s take a look at the first two candidates to replace Bobby Valentineas manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Tim Wallach, a first round pick (#10 overall) by the Montreal Expos in the 1979 draft, played 17 years in the major leagues for the Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers and California Angels. Over his career, Wallach hit .257/.316/.416 with 2085 hits, 260 homers and 1125 RBI. He won the Gold Glove three times and was a five-time All-Star. Wallach served as the hitting coach for the Dodgers in 2004 and 2005. In 2009, Wallach became the manager for the Dodgers AAA farm team, the Albuquerque  Isotopes, where he was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year. Since 2011 he has served as the third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

According to ESPN, Wallach spent the entire day with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and his staff and later had dinner with them. According to the story, Wallach described the interview process as “very thorough.”

The Red Sox are expected to interview Brad Ausmus early next week. Originally a 48th round pick of the New York Yankees in the 1987 amateur draft, Ausmus was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 1992 expansion draft and was later traded to the San Diego Padres. Ausmus played 17 years in the majors for the Padres, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. In his career, Ausmus hit .251/.325/.344 with 1579 hits, 80 home runs and 607 RBI. Ausmus won three Gold Gloves as a catcher and was voted to one All-Star Game. Ausmus was known as a great game-caller and a catcher who could expertly handle a pitching staff, which could be attractive qualities to the Red Sox. Ausmus has no managerial experience but currently serves as a special assistant to the Padres.