In this copycat sport, the Red Sox have obviously bought into the Mike Matheny-Robin Ventura trend, which says you don’t need experience to be a good manager.
On Wednesday, the Red Sox interviewed San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus for their manager’s job. Ausmus, 43, a native of Cheshire, Conn., and part-time resident of Cape Cod, is considered one of the bright young minds in the game.
Ausmus, who declined comment about the interview, has been considered one of the prime candidates for “future manager” but so far has resisted the temptation to plunge in. Ausmus turned down an opportunity to interview for the Houston Astros job, probably because of the massive rebuilding task that team faces.
Ausmus, a graduate of Dartmouth, has been waiting for the right situation. Boston would be that. He told the Globe last week, “The Red Sox job would get me off the couch.”
Ausmus was a Gold Glove catcher, sort of the National League version of Jason Varitek, known for his tremendous game preparation and knowledge of the opponent. He was one of the first catchers to do intense prep work using all sorts of statistics and pitch charts. He was considered a great game-caller.
According to a former National League general manager, the Red Sox may also have discussed something other than managing with Ausmus, perhaps even a bench coach position under someone like John Farrell. But it appears that Ausmus would want to manage the Red Sox, not be a coach.
The Red Sox have DeMarlo Hale on deck for an interview Thursday. They interviewed Yankees bench coach Tony Pena earlier in the week and have also interviewed Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach.
General manager Ben Cherington said the Sox have no one scheduled to interview after Hale.
“We’ve had a good group so far,” said Cherington. “All very capable.”
The Red Sox claimed righthanded reliever Sandy Rosario off waivers from the Marlins. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin was designated for assignment.
The 27-year-old Rosario had been with the Marlins since 2004, when he was signed out of the Dominican Republic. He has 10 games of major league experience from 2010-12. Over 7⅔ innings, he has allowed 13 earned runs on 22 hits and 3 walks.
Rosario pitched well in 31 minor league games this season. Over 31⅔ innings, he had a 0.98 WHIP and a 1.99 ERA. He struck out 29 and had only 3 unintentional walks.
His 403 strikeouts over 391 minor league innings speak to Rosario having potential as a reliever. He had an above-average fastball capable of hitting 97 m.p.h.
Lin, who was signed out of Taiwan in 2007, made his major league debut in 2012, going 3 for 12 in nine games. He is a career .256 hitter in the minors.
Lin is perhaps the best defensive outfielder in the organization. But his offensive skills never reached the level the organization hoped. Lin hit .247 for Pawtucket this season with 18 extra-base hits in 396 at-bats.
Yost dies at 86
Eddie Yost, a former major league third baseman and a Red Sox coach from 1977-84, died Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. He was 86.
Nicknamed “The Walking Man,” Yost played 18 seasons with the Senators, Tigers, and Angels. He drew 1,614 walks, leading the league six times.
After his playing days, Yost was a third-base coach for the Red Sox, Mets, and Senators.