Hale to be interviewed Monday

Updated: November 21, 2003, 12:37 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox plan to meet Monday with Texas coach DeMarlo Hale, the fourth person to be interviewed for their managerial vacancy.

Melvin? Mariners say no
No chance.

That's what the Mariners told the Red Sox on Thursday when Boston officials asked permission to speak with Seattle manager Bob Melvin, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Three sources told the newspaper that the Red Sox contacted the Mariners, and all three said the Mariners weren't interested in seeing Melvin go anywhere else.

Melvin led the Mariners to 93 wins last season, his first as a big-league manager, but missed out on the playoffs. Melvin played with the Red Sox in his last full season in the major leagues in 1993.

Hale, who played and managed in the Red Sox system, has been 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 Orleans.

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.

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