According to several sources, Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale will interview for the Boston Red Sox managerial job. Hale, who was not retained by the Red Sox after the hiring of Bobby Valentine last year, spent six seasons on Terry Francona’s coaching staff, the last two as bench coach.
Hale and Orioles manager Buck Showalter worked together for three years when Showalter managed Texas. When Willie Randolph wasn’t retained as third base coach bench after the 2011 season, Showalter wanted to bring in Hale.
Showalter has endorsed Hale’s candidacy as a major league manager. He also believes that bench coach John Russell, who managed Pittsburgh from 2008-10 deserves another opportunity.
Hale managed in the Boston system for seven seasons when Dan Duquette was the Red Sox general manager.
No time has been set for a Hale interview, though it’s expected to occur later this week.
Hale was credited by Showalter for working well with advance scout Ben Werthan in coordinating defensive alignments.
If Hale leaves, the Orioles may promote Ron Johnson, their Triple-A Norfolk manager to replace him. Johnson may also have the opportunity to follow Terry Francona to Cleveland. Hale and Johnson were on Francona’s last staff in Boston.