Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont figured to be one of the finalists for the Boston Red Sox manager’s job after being invited back for a second interview with team ownership last week.
That interview took place last Wednesday, according to Lamont. Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo didn’t receive a second interview, which didn’t speak well of his chances for the job. Sure enough, the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham reported on Monday that Lovullo had been eliminated from consideration.
However, eliminating Lovullo seemed like a formality. The two finalists for the Red Sox managerial vacancy have been Lamont and ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine ever since Dale Sveum opted to become the Chicago Cubs’ manager. But it’s now official.
Abraham talked to Lamont about the possibility of becoming the Red Sox manager. Here’s what he had to say:
“I’m excited, a little antsy to be honest with you,” he said. “This has kind of dragged on. But it’s a good job. They have a good team and it’s a great place. I’d be lucky to get the job I guess there are two of us left and I’m glad to be one of them.”
As mentioned, Lamont met with the Red Sox ownership last Wednesday. Abraham reports that Valentine hasn’t spoken with management since last week, either. He takes that to mean that Valentine isn’t the lock for the job that many think he is. After all, if ownership and GM Ben Cherington were in complete agreement on Valentine, wouldn’t he have been named the manager by now?