BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox plan to meet Monday with Texas
coach DeMarlo Hale, the fourth person to be interviewed for their
first-base coach for the Rangers the past two seasons and hasn't
managed in the majors.
He would satisfy Major League Baseball guidelines for a minority
candidate to be interviewed for managerial openings.
The Red Sox initially said they hoped to find a successor to
Grady Little by the end of November, but later said they would try
to finish before baseball's winter meetings begin Dec. 12 in New
On Wednesday, former Philadelphia Phillies manager Terry
Francona was interviewed in Boston for a second time. He also met
with Red Sox owner John Henry the night before in Florida.
The Red Sox also have interviewed Los Angeles third-base coach
Glenn Hoffman and Anaheim bench coach Joe Maddon. Anaheim pitching
coach Bud Black declined a request to be interviewed.
On Oct. 27, Boston said it wouldn't pick up its option to bring
Little back for a third season as manager. He led the Red Sox to
records of 93-69 and 95-67. They reached the seventh game of this
year's AL Championship Series, losing to the New York Yankees.
Hale, 42, managed Texas' Triple-A team in Oklahoma City in 2000
and 2001 before joining the Rangers. His first managing job was
with Fort Lauderdale in 1993, the beginning of a seven-year stint
in Boston's organization.
In the three seasons before going to Oklahoma City, he managed
the Red Sox Double-A team in Trenton.
He also spent five seasons as a first baseman and outfielder in
the Boston and Oakland organizations, hitting .267 in 482 games.