Ausmus is a well-spoken, passionate baseball man who understands the Red Sox Nation culture, having grown up in Cheshire, Conn., and graduated from Dartmouth. He is like a top prospect you know will be a successful major leaguer.
Wallach also has wide appeal; he is described by one baseball official as “a lot like Terry Francona but without the humor.” He’s a former hitting coach and a former Gold Glove third baseman. He has handled some of the Dodgers’ top prospects, including the ones recently obtained by the Red Sox.
Pena had only a .410 winning percentage in parts of four seasons in Kansas City, but he was AL Manager of the Year in 2003, the only winning season the Royals have had since 1994. He has worked under Joe Torre and Joe Girardi with the Yankees and obviously has a great understanding of pitching, the AL East, and Boston.
Hale, a great teacher, was once a prominent minor league manager in the Red Sox organization under Dan Duquette, who hired him in Baltimore to be third base coach this season.
“He has all the qualifications,” said Duquette, now the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations. “He’s been a minor league manager, a major league coach under some pretty impressive managers like Tito Francona and Buck Showalter. He’s been very valuable to our success this season.”