October 27, 2003

Red Sox Consider Manuel

The Boston Red Sox have apparently not had enough of recycled Cleveland Indians coaches, and now have former Tribe manager Charlie Manuel as a "target" for their open managerial position, the Boston Herald reports today. (via Ben Maller)

Manuel is a good baseball man, a solid hitting coach, and a nice guy, but I don't think he'd last until the Fourth of July in Boston. First of all, he proved in Cleveland that he's just not a very engaged field manager. And I have a feeling that he would be eaten alive by the Boston media, starting the first time he opened his mouth in front of a camera. Amusement with his homespun (to be charitable) verbal style would quickly descend into mockery and contempt by those "sophisticated" East Coast media types the first time he drops three games in a row.

As a manager, he made Indians fans pine for Mike Hargrove. As a communicator, he evokes Junior Samples. It wore thin in Cleveland. I don't think Boston could take it.

Posted by dan at October 27, 2003 11:19 AM