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Drellich: Dombrowski's criteria for the new manager

Drellich: Dombrowski's criteria for the new manager

BOSTON -- Amidst the little that Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski explained Wednesday, he did indicate a clear preference for experience in his next manager replacing John Farrell. 
 
Here’s what we know about the outset of Dombrowski’s managerial search. He didn't name any potential interviewees, but it's expected that both Astros bench coach Alex Cora and Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire are brought in for interviews.

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-- If you haven’t been a major-league manager or coach, you’re probably not gonna make the cut. “I think managerial [experience] helps,” Dombrowski said. “I don't think it's of 100 percent necessity. But I think being in a dugout during a game, seeing what the manager encounters is probably helpful, yeah, I do think it is. I do think it would be difficult for a person more so here than in some other places to walk directly onto the field without some on-field managerial experience at some level or big-league coaching.”
 
-- Dombo has been keeping a list of candidates. “The way I would look at it is you would ideally like to name somebody as quickly as possible but not speed up the process so you don't make a wise decision,” Dombrowski said. “I always keep a list of names for any position that I would be hiring, so I have a list and have added names to that list from some recommendations from our personnel. We'll have to whittle that list of names down and interview some individuals. I don't have a specific timeframe other than ideally it's quicker than sooner or later, but I think you deal with that dependent upon finding the right person.”  (Story continues below.)


 
-- Someone currently on the Red Sox staff, i.e. bench coach Gary DiSarcina, is not likely.  “At  this point, successor from the staff, I don’t really know,” Dombrowski said. “I’m not going to get into specific names that I’m really contemplating at this time, because I really haven’t narrowed  it down. I’d say most likely not, but I’m not going to say for sure not.” 
 
--  Someone elsewhere in the Red Sox system is not likely, either. Meaning, you can probably rule out Jason Varitek. “I don't think anybody else in the system is a candidate, within the system like that,” Dombrowski said. “And I am hesitant, as I think I said already, he should have probably some experience either managing or being on a major-league coaching staff. I'm not going to say that 100 percent, but I think that that’s important in a market like this with the club that we have that’s trying to win a championship, that that would most likely be a necessity.” 
 
-- The new manager looks like he’ll be able to bring in his own coaching staff. Farrell’s coaches are under contract under 2018, but have been told they can look for opportunities elsewhere. “What I told [the coaches] is, first  of all, I think very highly of  them,” Dombrowski said. “They’re good people. They’re good baseball people. I would recommend  to our new  manager any  of them, it’s not  a problem for me, but I do  believe a new manager needs to have his own coaching staff in place, [with our] approval . . . and making sure that there’s proper areas coached within the club . . . [I] would grant permission for any club to talk to our personnel. I know they’re signed, but I wouldn’t want to stand in their way of getting a job somewhere  else if that opportunity came up. Some of them could come back, but again, I’m  going to wait until we get a manager and I won’t  stand in  their way of interviewing elsewhere.” 
 
-- An ability to handle young players well will matter. "It will be very important,” Dombrowski said. “We have a young core of players that are outstanding young talents. I think they have a chance to be championship-type players. They're still in their growth stage. It's a great foundation for a baseball club. We do have some veterans, of course in that mix, too. But I think it's going to be very important for whomever it is to be able to relate to those youngsters, and not only relate to them, but help them get better as players." 
 
-- How well the manager handles the media handles more than it did the last time Dombrowski hired a manager, Brad Ausmus, ahead of the 2014 season. “Communication, leadership, personal skills -- probably here, I think your ability to deal with the media probably weighs more than I would say in Detroit at that particular time,” Dombrowski said. “So I think that some skills in that one to 100 may weigh more in some markets than others. That's probably an important part, maybe more so than it would have been in Detroit and some other markets but I think the overall attributes are very similar.” 
 
-- Dombrowski seems to keeping a broad window open. He also seems adept at saying a lot without saying much of anything.  “You have all different types of attributes that you’re looking for in a manager and with that job, there’s a lot of them. When you’re talking about job knowledge, you’re talking about running the game, running a pitching staff, communication with the players, communication with the front office, dealing with the media, dealing with the training staff. The list just goes on and on,” Dombrowski said. “Any individual that you talk to, you weigh how all those things fit together, and then you end up making decisions who you think will be the best for the job. 
 
“Some people may be more fiery, some people may be more level-headed. Some people maybe be better at handling a pitching staff, some people may be better at running the offensive part of the game. again, define somebody that has all those are very difficult to find, probably most of them are in the Hall of Fame and then you’re in a position where you make the best decision you possibly can."

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Here's when Red Sox plan to activate Mitch Moreland from injured list

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Here's when Red Sox plan to activate Mitch Moreland from injured list

All signs point toward Mitch Moreland returning to the Red Sox roster on Tuesday.

That's when the team plans on activating the first baseman from the injured list, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com.

Moreland, who has been sidelined since June 8 with a right quad strain, began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket last week. Although he went an uninspiring 0-for-13 during his rehab stint, Moreland shrugged off his struggles with a sense of humor.

The Red Sox will be glad to get some reinforcements at the first base position as they've also been without World Series MVP Steve Pearce for much of the season. Pearce, unlike Moreland, "isn't anything close" to being back according to manager Alex Cora.

Moreland hit .225 with 13 homers in 151 at-bats before landing on the IL.

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Report: Pedro Martinez questions David Ortiz mistaken identity theory

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Report: Pedro Martinez questions David Ortiz mistaken identity theory

As of now, Dominican Republic law enforcement officials are maintaining the theory that the gunman who shot David Ortiz on June 9 wasn't targeting the Red Sox legend. 

Baseball Hall of Famers, especially fellow Dominican hero Pedro Martinez, aren't buying it, according to the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy, who attended the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown over the weekend, wrote that he didn't encounter anyone who believed the "mistaken identity" theory. Martinez, who has been in touch with Ortiz, certainly doesn't believe that conclusion, but declined to reveal much. 

“This is for David and his family to talk about when they are ready,’’ Martinez told The Globe. “The only thing I will say is that this is the first time a baseball player was targeted in our country.’’

Even the supposed target of the shooting said he the "mistaken identity" theory doesn't add up. It's important to note, as the U.S. ambassador told Shaughnessy, that the investigation is ongoing. Still, one suspect will reportedly be officially charged with attempted murder and the alleged mastermind of the shooting has been apprehended. More than 10 suspects have been arrested in connection to the shooting of Ortiz. 

Meanwhile, Ortiz underwent a third surgery on July 11 to address complications from the gunshot wounds. Prior to that, his wife, Tiffany, said that he is in 'good' condition as he 'continues to make progress with his recovery.'

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