The Boston Red Sox organization has proven to be a model of coaching consistency over the past seven years (albeit, Grady Little) in which the coaching carousel around the league has eyed many Boston coaches.
This fact is no more evident than in this off-season as the likes of John Farrell, DeMarlo Hale, and Torey Luvullo are all likely to get serious consideration for the nine managerial openings available this winter. Farrell has been acknowledged as one of the most sought after coaches in the league due to his work with Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, as well as his role of helping Daisuke Matsuzaka transition to the Major Leagues (which was a huge success in Dice-K’s first two seasons).
The Red Sox pitching coach previously turned down interviews for jobs in Pittsburgh and Cleveland but is likely to listen to offers this time around from more prestigious franchises who have job openings, like the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, and Toronto Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are in talks with Red Sox bench coach, DeMarlo Hale, who was called in for a second interview this week. Hale, who spent four seasons coaching third base before taking Brad Mills reigns as bench coach last season, has stated his desire to manage and is the most likely coaching candidate not returning to Boston in 2011.
The outlier in this coaching equation is Pawtucket manager Torey Luvullo who was nearly hired to manage the Indians last season before Cleveland went with Manny Acta. Luvullo is primed for the big leagues after his first season as a manger for Triple-A Pawtucket, as Red Sox fans can either expect him helping with the Red Sox or coaching for another team.
With three (four if you count Tim Bogar) coaches in the Red Sox system getting looks for nine Major League managerial openings, the Red Sox coaching carousel can expect to keep spinning in 2011 and spitting out more quality coaches. With even Bogar, the Red Sox third base coach, getting interviews (after having some trying times at third base coach this season) for coaching vacancies, Terry Francona and Theo Epstein will have to replenish the coaching carousel (and system) with a few quarters to keep the model of consistency spinning.