Los Angeles Dodgers coach interviews for Boston manager position
BOSTON -- Glenn Hoffman was the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Single-A affiliate when he met a young Dominican pitcher who was just learning English and had never before seen snow.
Now, Hoffman is interviewing to be the manager of the Boston Red Sox. And if he gets the job, his ace will be that same pitcher: Pedro Martinez.
The Dodgers third base coach and former Red Sox infielder interviewed for the job on Monday as the team searched for a successor to Grady Little. Hoffman, 45, talked to general manager Theo Epstein and one of his assistants, along with co-owner Tom Werner and team president Larry Lucchino during seven hours of meetings.
"I thought today went well," Hoffman said at Fenway Park. "The organization seems to be in good hands."
Hoffman was the first candidate to interview for the position left vacant when Little was let go after the season. The Red Sox have also received permission to interview Anaheim Angels pitching coach Bud Black, and they hope to talk to him later in the week.
Hoffman played mostly for Boston and its minor league affiliates from 1980-88. He managed Los Angeles for 88 games in 1998, became a coach in the Dodgers bullpen in 1999 and spent the last four seasons as their third-base coach.
"It's been (15) years since I've been back. You look at the Red Sox, and there's still a soft spot for them," he said. "This is a very special place. This is where I grew up, learned how to play."
Little averaged 94 wins in his two seasons but his contract was not extended because team management felt he didn't rely enough on statistical data in determining game strategy. The problem came to a head when Little left Martinez in for the eighth inning of Game 7 of the AL championship series against the New York Yankees.
The tiring ace blew a 5-2 lead, the Yankees won in 11 innings and Little never managed another game for Boston.
Hoffman did not address the Red Sox performance in 2003 except to say, "It's in the past." He said he would concentrate on making the team better for next year, adding, "We've been looking at that since 1918, I guess."
Hoffman also said he had no problem with statistical analysis.
"The game has changed, as far as statistics go," but the bottom line is still the same, he said.
Epstein sat by as Hoffman met with reporters but left without commenting. Lucchino did the same.
Hoffman declined to be interviewed by the Red Sox before Little was hired in spring training of 2002. He said Monday that the timing wasn't right, noting that the team had just been sold to new owners and the situation was in flux.
Hoffman managed five years in the Los Angeles minor league system before taking over the Dodgers from Bill Russell on June 21, 1998. Hoffman led them to a 47-41 record and third place in the NL West. Davey Johnson took over in 1999.
Hoffman was with the Red Sox from 1980-87, with some stints in the minors, before ending the '87 season with Los Angeles. In 1988, he played for Boston's Triple-A team in Pawtucket, then finished his major league playing career in 1989 with California.
He retired after batting .302 in 24 games in 1990 with the Dodgers' Triple-A team in Albuquerque and began managing in Los Angeles' system in 1991.
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
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