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Lovullo and Lamont also on Red Sox’ list

By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / November 9, 2011

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General manager Ben Cherington said his goal was to interview five or six candidates before deciding on a new manager for the Red Sox. That list may be close to complete.

The Red Sox will interview Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo on Friday and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont on Saturday. That would make five candidates under consideration.

The Red Sox interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum last week. Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar is set for his interview today.

Mackanin and Sveum also interviewed with the Cubs, and Alomar is expected to do so this week.

To date, Lovullo and Lamont are not on Chicago’s list.

Lovullo and Lamont have ties to the Red Sox. Lovullo, 46, managed Triple A Pawtucket in 2010 and impressed the front office with his skills as a communicator and regarding player development.

Lamont was the third base coach of the ill-fated 2001 Red Sox, who fired Jimy Williams, then fell into chaos under Joe Kerrigan.

Lovullo is an intriguing candidate. The 46-year-old is considered a good managerial prospect, having been a finalist for jobs with the Dodgers, Pirates, and Indians in recent years.

His disappointment at getting passed over by the Indians in 2009 is what led to Lovullo joining the Red Sox. He had managed eight years in the Cleveland organization, winning championships at Single A and Double A before spending five years as the Triple A manager.

After one season with the Red Sox, he joined John Farrell’s staff in Toronto.

Lovullo played parts of eight seasons in the majors with the Tigers, Yankees, Angels, Mariners, Athletics, Indians, and Phillies. He spent his final season as a player with the Yakult Swallows in Japan.

Lamont, who turns 65 Dec. 25, is easily the most experienced candidate the Red Sox are considering.

He has been in professional baseball for 47 years and was 553-562 as the manager of the White Sox (1992-95) and Pirates (1997-2000). Lamont was the American League Manager of the Year in 1993 after leading the White Sox to a 94-68 record and the ALCS. Chicago was in first place in 1994 when the player strike ended the season.

When the White Sox got off to an 11-20 start in 1995, Lamont was fired.

Lamont managed eight seasons in the Kansas City system and has spent 17 years in the majors as a coach with the Red Sox, Astros, Pirates, and Tigers. Most of that time has been spent with Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

Lamont, a catcher, was a first-round pick by Detroit in 1965 but played only 87 games in the majors over parts of five seasons.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.

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