MILWAUKEE – Demarlo Hale said from his home in Orlando this morning that he was very “appreciative” of his 90-minute phone interview with Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer yesterday.
Hale has been hanging on trying to determine his fate after Terry Francona was fired by the Red Sox following the season. Hale’s credentials seem loftier than most of the candidates interviewed by the Cubs and Red Sox, but he still remains a long shot for the Cubs job.
“We had a great conversation,” Hale said about his talk with Hoyer. “It was both formal and informal. I always had a great working relationship with Jed and Theo. They know what I can do and the things I believe in. I was just appreciative of the chance to be able to speak to him and now it’s up to them if they take it any further.”
Hale has one year remaining on his current contract. The Red Sox have retained him as well as hitting coach Dave Magadan, bullpen coach Gary Tuck and third base coach Tim Bogar. But all of them have been told they can seek other opportunities.
Hale said he’s done his own due diligence in making calls offering his services, but jobs are a premium right now. Hale could be retained to be the new manager’s bench coach, though that could be awkward for both the manager and if Hale doesn’t know the manager well.
If Terry Francona had secured the St. Louis Cardinals job, Hale likely would have gone with him to St. Louis. There could always be a domino effect if Dale Sveum got the Boston job then there would be a coaching opening in Milwaukee.
If Torey Lovullo got the job, there could be a vacancy in Toronto where Hale worked closely with Jays manager John Farrell, and was actually the runner up for the Jays managing job last winter.
“All I can do is wait and see how it all unfolds,” said Hale, who grew up on the South side of Chicago. “Chicago is home for me. I grew up being able to watch and follow both teams. It would be a dream come true for me to manage the Cubs.”
It doesn’t appear that Hale is being considered for the job in Boston, but he said he has been kept abreast of things by Sox GM Ben Cherington.