SAN FRANCISCO — Torey Lovullo and DeMarlo Hale, two names with Red Sox ties, are still under consideration for Minnesota Twins’ managerial position, according to a major league source.
Lovullo, who has interviewed for three teams this offseason, was passed up in Houston and Texas. The Red Sox’ bench coach had what the source called a “very solid” interview with Terry Ryan and his staff in Minnesota.
The question with the Twins, who are replacing Ron Gardenhire after a 13-year run, is whether they will stay within the organization and give the job to Paul Molitor, Terry Steinbach, Gene Glynn, or Doug Mientkiewicz or whether they would entertain an outside candidate.
Hale, who was Terry Francona’s bench coach in Boston is currently John Gibbons’s bench coach in Toronto, was a popular managerial name a few years ago but has been largely ignored lately. He has a lot of experience as a minor league manager and has coached many high-profile players in the majors.
Lovullo is definitely reaching bridesmaid status. He’s lost out on managerial jobs with the Red Sox, Dodgers, Mariners, Astros, and Rangers.
The Twins’ job is the only current managerial vacancy.
Among the three managerial hires this offseason, only Houston hired someone with previous major league job experience — A.J. Hinch, who had an unsuccessful stint with Arizona from 2009-10. This week, the Diamondbacks hired A’s bench coach Chip Hale, and the Rangers on Thursday chose Pittsburgh bench coach Jeff Bansister.
Banister was chosen over two other finalists, interim manager Tim Bogar and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash, both with Red Sox ties, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
No word yet on whether the Dodgers’ new president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, would consider firing Don Mattingtly if he had a chance to obtain Joe Maddon from his old team, the Rays. Maddon is entering the final year of his contract. He’s earning $2 million per season, but the Dodgers would more than double that to get him.
Maddon has said he wants to stay in Tampa, where he recently opened an Italian restaurant. But he does live in the LA area and his personality would fit the Hollywood scene.
The Red Sox are looking for a hitting coach. They have interviewed in-house candidates Tim Hyers and Rich Gedman, and are also considering outside candidates Paul Sorrento (Angels), Chili Davis (A’s), Dave Magadan (Rangers), Kevin Long (formerly of the Yankees), and Bill Mueller (formerly of the Cubs), who won a batting title for the Red Sox in 2003.
Bumgarner is NLCS MVP
Madison Bumgarner didn’t get the win for the Giants in Game 5 Thursday night, but he left AT&T Park as the NLCS MVP. The lefthander went 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in two starts against the Cardinals, giving up nine hits in 15⅔ innings while striking out 12 and walking only three. Thursday marked Bumgarner’s 11th career playoff appearance. “For a 25-year-old guy, it seems like he’s been around for 10 years,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “But it’s been fun to watch his growth.” . . . Tim Lincecum, a two-time NL Cy Young winner, is the forgotten man in the Giants’ pitching plans. He’s no longer a starter and has yet to pitch this postseason. “We’ve used the bullpen a lot and so he’ll be a fresh option if we need to go in that direction,” Bochy said . . . Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said catcher Yadier Molina (strained oblique), tried to talk his way into the lineup for Game 5, but Matheny went with Tony Cruz, a righthanded hitter, against the lefthanded Bumgarner. “He did [try],” Matheny said. “I don’t know where to go with the conversation because he knows that the swinging thing isn’t an option.” Cruz came through with a solo homer off Bumgarner in the fourth inning. He also walked twice and scored twice . . . There’s been a lot of talk about Buster Posey moving to third base if Pablo Sandoval leaves in free agency. Bochy wants Posey to stay at catcher for the immediate future, with occasional starts at first base (he made 30 there in 2014).
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