The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo confirmed that Ausmus, a Connecticut native who graduated from Dartmouth and owns a house on the Cape, ”That’s one job that would get me off my couch early,” Ausmus said last week. Ausmus, 43, who has no major league management experience, spent 18 seasons in the majors as a catcher for the Padres, Tigers, Astros and Dodgers.
Also on the Sox managerial short list with Ausmus and Toronto Blue Jays manager is Tim Wallach. Red Sox spokeswoman Pam Kenn confirmed today that Wallach will be interviewed on Friday. Wallach, 55, is a former All-Star third baseman who managed the Dodgers’ Triple-A team for two seasons while also working in Los Angeles as a hitting coach. ”It’s a great opportunity with one of the best organizations in baseball,” Wallach told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne Thursday.
Wallach played 17 years in the major leagues. He was also the Dodgers’ hitting coach in 2004-05 and managed the Triple-A Albuquerque team during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Both interview are perplexing in that sources close to the Red Sox are saying that Boston is looking for a manager with big time management experience.